Invisalign and Braces

Invisalign vs Metal Braces

Invisalign offers both teens and adults a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces for orthodontic corrective treatment. The removable clear plastic aligners used in Invisalign can straighten your teeth while being almost undetectable to those you meet. 

While these custom-made clear aligners may not be suitable for some complex issues, they can help correct most irregular bites and cracked, chipped or crowded teeth.

People who use Invisalign to straighten their teeth will tend to find it a more comfortable process than metal braces. The clear aligners used in Invisalign are plastic and are custom-made to fit the individual. They straighten the teeth using subtle pressure. 

The aligners can also be removed at any time, whereas fixed metal braces can feel quite relentless from the off. The brackets and wires on braces can also catch and irritate the gums, leading to discomfort.

This is a main advantage of Invisalign, as this makes maintaining a regular oral health routine far easier compared to having metal braces. Food particles can get stuck between metal braces and teeth and can require interdental cleaners or water flossers to ensure a thorough clean — or plaque can start to build up. 

With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners to brush and floss your teeth as normal. This makes it easier to clean and reduces the risk of bacteria and plaque building up. This is why many Invisalign users show improved gum health compared to using braces.

Also, having removable aligners means you are not denied your favourite foods. Metal braces make eating certain foods difficult, if not impossible

Invisalign generally needs wearing for 20 to 22 hours a day, which means you could also remove them for activities such as sports.

Orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth can help restore your smile and confidence in your smile tends to boost self-confidence overall. Anyone who has considered teeth straightening should consult with their dentist to see what orthodontic treatment suits their situation best — and it might just be Invisalign.