WHY SHOULD I GO WITH INVISIBLE BRACES?
Lots of people have issue of crooked or crowded teeth. One of the most obvious solutions for the orthodontic problem is to get braces, but with more and more teens and even adults demanding their teeth straightened, there is another option known as clear aligners. Clear aligners is a clear set of hard plastic aligners that are made for an individual mouth. They must be examined and replaced over the course of the first couple of months while they work at aligning your teeth into proper position. Clear aligners is a preferred choice for adults and teens because they are practically invisible due to being clear. However, there are both pros and cons using aligners. It’s important to know all the details before you decide to get fitted with the aligners at your dentist/orthodontist clinic.
Pros of Invisalign
There are several advantages to getting aligners instead of opting for traditional metallic/ceramic braces. Here are some pros of the clear set of aligners:
• Comfort: Aligners are much more physically comfortable to wear. Since there are no wires or brackets, you don’t have to worry any cut/ irritation in your mouth. The aligners are similar to a mouthguard and lack any sharp edges.
• More Attractive: Since aligner is clear, it doesn’t leave you with a mouth full of metal. In other words, they are more attractive to the eye, and most people won’t even know you are wearing them. That means you can feel free to smile and don’t have to feel overly self-conscious. Because of this, there is no age restriction and adults often prefer this method of orthodontic treatment.
• Convenience: Aligners have become a standard for straightening the teeth, which means that you don’t necessarily have to deal with metal braces. This makes them very convenient, especially as they are available on a widespread scale.
• Can be Removed: Aligners can be removed for eating, brushing your teeth and flossing. That is something that cannot be done with braces. It allows you to eat foods you want and practice better oral hygiene, which helps to lower your risk of developing gum disease while you go through the process of straightening your teeth. You won’t have to worry about food particles getting stuck, which happens with traditional braces.
• Minimal Maintenance: Aligners require minimal maintenance. They can get gloomy over time when you wear them, but you can freshen them by using a toothbrush dipped in a small amount of bleach and water. Cleaning them for a minute will eliminate stains. You only need to do this every other day and maintain the hygiene.
Cons of Invisalign
Unfortunately, there are also some disadvantages to Invisalign. Here are the cons of the clear plastic aligners:
• Expensive: One of the biggest cons of Invisalign is that they are expensive. In other words, if you are on a tight budget, you may want to rethink getting good aligners..
• Attachments: More and more attachments to go along with Invisalign have become the standard. The attachments are usually enamel ridges that stick to your teeth in a way that is similar to brackets that are included with standard braces. The attachments are used to click into the aligners so that they fit better and can more effectively shift your teeth into proper position. Attachments also make aligners much more noticeable, which can mean you look more like you’re wearing actual braces.
• Required to Wear Them 22 Hours Per Day: Invisalign must be worn atleast 22 hours per day. Typically, you are only supposed to remove them for eating and practicing daily oral hygiene. That means that if you are heading out for a date or going to a party, you will have to wear them.
• Tooth Discomfort: Getting new aligner trays can be uncomfortable and even painful when you get fitted for a new set. Although the orthodontist most likely refers to the feeling as “pressure,” it can be painful as your teeth are adjusting to a new set of aligners. You may want to use a pain reliever to help with this pain while your teeth adjust.
• Inconvenience: Aligners can be clumsy for some patients. You always have to remove them for eating, which means you may deal with some embarrassment when you go out to eat. You are also required to brush your teeth after each meal before putting them back in your mouth, which means you’ll be brushing your teeth multiple times per day, which can be inconvenient. It is still questionable in extraction cases. The finish is not as good as comparing with braces.
These are some of the biggest pros and cons of clear aligners. Many patients find these braces to be highly convenient, but at the same time, there are definite downsides to the clear plastic aligners. What works for one person may not work for you, and it’s important to ensure that aligner is the best option for straightening your teeth. To find out if aligners would be the best method for you, be sure to see our orthodontist.