Needing orthodontic treatment is very common among both children and adults. Finding out that you or your child is in this situation can be overwhelming at first, but it helps to know that treatment can lead to better oral health and a more confident smile. In the past, braces were the only option available for straightening teeth. Now, many people are turning to Invisalign® in order to straighten their smile. Let’s take a look at both of these options and see which may be better for you.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
While both methods are aimed at straightening the teeth, they go about it in different ways. Invisible aligners use a series of trays. Each set of trays moves the teeth closer to their ideal position. Braces, on the other hand, use brackets and wires to put pressure on the teeth to move them. Visits are done every few weeks or so to change the bands to make sure the treatment is effective.
One of the biggest issues people have with traditional metal braces is how they feel. The metal can rub and feel uncomfortable in the mouth. Invisalign®, on the other hand, involves aligners made of smooth medical-grade plastic. The bottom of the aligners are made in such a way that they will not irritate the gum line or cause discomfort of any sort.
Impact On Daily Life
Invisalign aligners are removable. That being said, it is important to keep them in most of the time in order to be effective. Still, they can be taken out for eating and drinking. They can also be removed if you or your child plays contact sports.
For many people, the first reaction to hearing they need orthodontic treatment involves concern about how will look. This is understandable, since traditional braces involve metal brackets and wires that are easily visible when you open your mouth. However, advancements in the field have led to braces that are more discreet. For a nearly invisible experience, Invisalign® aligners are still a great way to go.
Impact On Oral Hygiene
No matter what orthodontic treatment you choose, it will be important to maintain good oral hygiene. After all, you will want to show off your straight teeth! While possible to keep your teeth clean with braces, it is certainly more difficult for some people. With invisible aligners, however, you can remove them to brush and floss your teeth properly.
Possibly more important than every other aspect combined is how effective the treatment is. Braces are incredibly effective at moving teeth into proper alignment. They tend to be effective no matter how severe the case is. On average, a person will wear braces anywhere from 18 months to three years. However, it all depends on the unique case. Invisalign® is also very effective. Invisible aligners may not work in every situation, however. A consultation and evaluation are the best ways to know what options are ideal for you.
The Benefits of Invisalign®
As you can see, there are many reasons that Invisalign® is so popular among people needing their teeth straightened. Let’s recap some of the benefits:
- They are easily removed when necessary.
- They are convenient.
- They are comfortable.
- Aligners are virtually invisible.
- They are priced similarly to braces.
Getting the Most Out of Invisalign®
Like with everything, there are a few things to keep in mind with Invisalign®. How effective this treatment is depends entirely on your commitment to the treatment. You need to keep the aligners in your mouth for a certain amount of time per day in order for the process to work. For some people, particularly teens, this can be challenging.
It is also important to remove your aligners when eating and drinking beverages other than water. This is to prevent them from getting stained. Wearing your aligners while drinking sugary drinks can also increase your risk of cavities if you are not careful. Switch out your aligners as directed in order to get a healthy, straight smile as soon as possible.
The Benefits of Braces
Although invisible aligners beat out braces in many ways, there are certainly some benefits to both options. People sometimes choose to go with braces because:
- They are effective even in severe cases.
- Elastics can be different colors, allowing you to personalize your look.
- Technology has advanced to make them less noticeable and more comfortable.
- Braces work quickly.
Getting the Most Out of Braces
In order for your treatment to go smoothly, there will be some foods you will want to skip for the duration of your treatment. It will also be important to take whatever steps necessary to keep your teeth clean. Special tools can be useful to clean out hard-to-reach places.
Why Straighten Your Teeth?
You may be wondering why you should bother with orthodontic treatment at all. There are many benefits to having straight, well-aligned teeth. Some of the many highlights include:
- Boosted Confidence: One of the first things we notice about other people is their smile. Feeling good about yours helps you to feel good about yourself.
- Improved Oral Health: Teeth that are crowded or that overlap create pockets that allow bacteria and food to get trapped. It is easier to keep straight teeth clean and healthy.
- Less Wear and Tear: Teeth that are crooked tend to not hit evenly when you bite down. This helps to make sure your teeth wear evenly as the years go on.
- Fewer Headaches: If your teeth do not line up properly, there is a good chance your jaw does not either. This can lead to tension headaches and other forms of pain.
- Reduced Odds of Breakage: Teeth that are properly aligned are more protected from trauma to the face and biting down on hard things.
You can get all the facts about Invisalign® vs. braces when you visit the office of Mas’ood Cajee DDS MPH in Manteca. A full consultation and dental evaluation will help us work with you to create the best possible orthodontic plan for your needs. Everyone deserves to have a straight, healthy smile that they are proud to show off. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started!