Is Choosing Invisalign Your Right Choice

invisalign was launched in 1999 and it was made available to dentists to give treatment in 2002. It is a great alternative to traditional braces because just like its name implies, Invisalign is quite invisible, making it more preferable for people who do not have complex teeth problems and people who want an orthodontic treatment without the changes in facial look associated with traditional braces treatment.

Invisalign and traditional braces are both used for correcting crooked teeth or for teeth straightening; however if you are considering invisalign, knowing some facts about it could help you know if choosing it would be the right choice or not.

 

FACTS ABOUT INVISALIGN

  1. They are quite invisible, so for people to notice you are wearing braces, they will have to get really close or look closely at your teeth. Invisalign are clear and do not need to be concealed.

  2. Aligners are comfortable and very easy to maintain. You do not need the help of your dentist to clean and monitor them. You can easily clean them on your own.

  3. When you have traditional braces fixed, you have to stay away from foods that can break the brackets or pull off the wires, e.g. popcorn, candies and chewing gum. However, with invisalign, there is no limit to the types of food you can eat.

  4. Invisalign are removable so you can remove them anytime you want them out of your mouth. This is impossible with traditional braces because they stay fixed for the duration of your orthodontist treatment and they can only be removed by an orthodontist.

  5. They may take more time to straighten the teeth because most users take them out for a long time. The more aligners stay removed from the teeth, the more time it will take them to straighten the teeth.

  6. Invisalign can get lost or contaminated because they can be removed at the user’s discretion.

  7. Since invisalign can be removed at the user’s discretion, using them requires a lot of self-discipline. Therefore, if you are a kind of person who is quite forgetful or if you know you will find it hard to wear your aligners without frequently removing them, then invisalign may not be for you.

  8. Invisalign are more expensive than traditional braces. Opting for invisalign treatment is a large investment that can set you back many thousands of dollars.

  9. Unlike with traditional braces that requires visiting the dentist monthly, when you use invisalign, you will only have to visit the dentist every six weeks to check your progress and get new aligners.

  10. Aligners make it easy for you to brush and floss your teeth.

The facts above should help you decide the right treatment for you between traditional braces and invisalign. However, if these facts doesn’t seem enough to convince you that invisalign is the right choice for you or not the right choice for you, the next thing to do is to visit an orthodontist for advice.

Pros & Cons of Traditional Braces

Before the introduction of invisalign, orthodontists’ most common method of treatment is teeth straightening with traditional braces. Invisalign was introduced in 1999 as a clear alternative to traditional braces and this has made choosing between traditional brace and invisalign a dilemma for many people. The major difference between traditional braces and invisalign or aligners is that aligners cannot be easily seen on the teeth because they are made of transparent plastic material while traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic and they can be seen even from afar.

For people who would like to choose traditional braces and for people who just want to correct or straighten their crooked teeth, it is important for them to know the pros and cons of traditional braces.

 

PROS OF TRADITIONAL BRACES

  1. When people think about orthodontic treatment, what comes to their mind is traditional braces. Almost all orthodontists offer braces as a treatment option. This means any orthodontist you visit for treatment will be capable to offer the treatment with the use of traditional braces.

    Invisalign treatment, even though it was introduced 19 years ago, is not a treatment that all orthodontists offer.

  2. Traditional braces has been used for correcting and straightening crooked teeth before the introduction of aligners so it has more positive outcomes than aligners.

  3. Traditional braces is less expensive than aligners.

  4. Once fixed, traditional braces cannot be removed at the discretion of the user but by the orthodontist at the end of treatment. This makes treatment faster and it makes completion of treatment to be at the expected time.

  5. Braces do not get lost or contaminated because the user cannot remove them.

  6. Users of traditional braces must visit the orthodontist monthly to get their braces checked and the wire inserted into the braces tightened. This enables the orthodontist to know the progress of their treatments and any correct abnormalities in the treatment. The implications of regular check-ups while using braces is a faster and successful treatment.

  7. They are more comfortable.

  8. It is the best method of teeth straightening for children.

  9. For complicated cases, traditional braces is the preferable orthodontic treatment.

 

CONS OF TRADITIONAL BRACES

  1. Treatment is highly visible, even from afar. Although patients have the option of choosing the colour of braces and they can choose the colour that is close to the colour of their enamel, this doesn’t make traditional braces invisible like invisalign.

  2. Treatment with traditional braces require that you stay off some foods so they don’t pop off.

  3. You cannot remove traditional braces any time you feel like removing them. Only a dentist can remove your traditional braces. This makes it difficult to effectively brush your teeth and eat some of your favourite foods.

  4. You have to visit your orthodontist at least once a month. This could be a difficult thing to do or remember for people who have tight schedules.

  5. Traditional braces are harder to maintain and you will need the assistance of your orthodontist to clean and monitor them.