4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

4 Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces

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While braces are a tried and true method for straightening teeth, they have several disadvantages. Braces sometimes draw unwanted attention. They have metal brackets and wires that can cause damage to sensitive oral tissues. It can be challenging for patients to keep their teeth clean while wearing braces.

For most patients, Invisalign is an excellent alternative to braces. This blog will share four of the top benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces and explain the treatment in detail. 

1. Discretion

Invisalign blends into your natural smile because the trays are clear and fit close to the teeth. Many patients prefer Invisalign because it keeps their orthodontic treatment private. Busy adults and older teens quickly tire of others' comments about their braces.

With Invisalign, patients can gradually reveal a perfect smile. Since the process happens over time, many people may not notice the change until the end of treatment.

2. Comfort

Since dentists create Invisalign trays from smooth, medical-grade plastic, they have no sharp wires, brackets, or metal bands that can irritate the gums and cheeks. It takes weeks to months to become accustomed to wearing braces, and even then, it is difficult to forget them.

3. Faster Treatment

Invisalign is faster than braces, taking 12 to 18 months for most patients. Braces can take up to three years, depending on the treatment's complexity.

4. Better Oral Health

Braces may make it more difficult to brush and floss. Food and plaque may become trapped around the brackets and wires, causing tooth decay and gum disease.

In contrast, Invisalign trays come out for eating, drinking, and cleaning. Patients with Invisalign can keep their teeth sparkling clean and maintain excellent oral health without using special equipment like floss threaders and interproximal brushes.

How Invisalign Works

Your dentist will create a computerized 3-D model of your mouth using an intraoral scanner. This small, handheld scanner provides comfortable, convenient scans in place of messy impressions.

After taking the scans, the dentist will plan your treatment, plotting out the movement of each tooth over time. The dental lab creates a series of aligners that gradually move teeth into the best positions. You will change aligners every one to two weeks.

You will return to the dentist's office every four to six weeks for an evaluation. The dentist will ensure your treatment is on track.

When the aligner series is complete, you can reveal your bright, even smile. With well-aligned teeth, you will feel more confident about sharing your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign

Are there any cases where braces are better than Invisalign?

Invisalign is an ideal choice for most patients, but in some cases, braces may be needed. Moderate to severe bite issues (open bite, crossbite), missing teeth, and impacted teeth are a few cases where braces may be a better choice.

Are there any food restrictions with Invisalign?

With Invisalign, you can eat what you like. Since the trays come out for meals, you do not have to avoid foods like popcorn, chips, and nuts. Simply clean your teeth and the aligners before replacing them in your mouth.

Call Dental Associates

Invisalign can transform the way you look and feel. Our dentists have a great deal of experience in enhancing smiles with this advanced system. If you want to know more about Invisalign, please call our Farmington, CT, office at 860-677-8666 to schedule a consultation today.