Many people love the way Invisalign aligners look. However, some will opt for braces. The two choices are popular when treating orthodontic issues. They may leave you torn when choosing aligners. When you look at Invisalign over braces, it is easier to make a choice. There may be biomechanical benefits to traditional braces, but Invisalign has far more benefits. Here is a look at some of those benefits of Invisalign.
They Are Comfortable
Invisalign aligners are far more comfortable than traditional braces. Traditional braces apply pressure on teeth using wires and rubber bands. It makes the process painful and uncomfortable. The discomfort can last for a week or two, and it may leave you with sore gums or sores. It happens due to the rubbing of the metal brackets against your gums.
Invisalign aligners are the opposite. They may be uncomfortable for a day or two, but they present fewer gum or mouth problems. The plastic fits your mouth, ensuring you do not get cuts on your cheeks or sores on your gums.
They Look Better
Invisalign aligners do not have the typical rail guard look of traditional braces. They are virtually invisible. It takes a keen individual to notice that you are wearing clear aligners. You can go about your daily activities without people commenting about your new braces. They look like clear retainers. Traditional braces use metal wires and rubber bands that are noticeable.
Better When Eating
You can remove Invisalign aligners to eat pears, apples, popcorn, nuts, and sticky foods. You only need to remember to brush and floss afterward. Traditional braces are not removable, clearly a problem when you are eating. You will have to change your diet and find alternatives that will not stick to your teeth and braces. You will also have to steer clear of hard foods that can pull the wires apart.
Research shows that people who use Invisalign aligners have far fewer cavities than those wearing traditional braces. The option of removing the Invisalign braces allows them to eat wholesome fruits and vegetables. These foods massage the gum, keeping it healthy. At the same time, they are less likely to stick between your teeth, unlike softer foods.
Invisalign also allows for a better oral health routine. You can easily remove them to brush and floss your teeth. Remember to rinse and clean them before putting them back in your mouth.
They Work Faster
Invisalign is usually for treating mild to moderate dental issues. Braces are more effective with complex concerns. Traditional braces can take one or two years to work, while Invisalign aligners can take 12 to 18 months. The length of time depends on various factors.
You can get a beautiful and healthy smile faster than when using traditional braces. You will get your Invisalign adjustments after every two weeks. The procedure allows the Invisalign process to take a shorter time and be much more convenient of a process.
For more information on Invisalign and braces, call Robert A. Rees, DDS, at (858) 295-8082 to reach our office in La Jolla, California.