Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
Back in the day, metal braces were the only option available to those hoping to have teeth straightened, but a new advance called ‘Invisalign’ has changed all that. Dentists agree that Invisalign has several advantages over conventional tooth straightening techniques. So what are these advantages, and why should you consider Invisalign? Your local SE Calgary dentist presents you a complete guide to Invisalign Clear Braces!
For patients, the old metal braces were an aesthetic problem. Kids would get teased at school for their ‘railway tracks’ and adults would try to smile with their mouths closed. But Invisalign is all-but-invisible, sparing patients the loss of confidence that metal braces caused in the past.
Wearing hard, metal devices in the mouth is always uncomfortable, but Invisalign is made from a smooth plastic that doesn’t irritate the teeth or gums. Sores in the mouth are a common problem for those who wear traditional braces, but Invisalign eliminates that problem completely.
Less dentist’s visits
Conventional braces call for regular dentist’s visits to adjust the device, and snapped wires often result in dental emergencies, but when you choose Invisalign, your Calgary dentist will map the way in which your teeth will gradually begin to align using state of the art technology. You’ll still have to go for checkups to ensure that everything is going smoothly, but you won’t have to be in the dentist’s chair nearly as often.
Eat any foods
With wires on your teeth, many types of foods simply can’t be eaten. Particles of foods such as corn on the cob or even apples easily get trapped in the wires causing discomfort. But since Invisalign is removable, you can eat anything you want with absolute confidence.
Although you should wear your Invisalign aligners for 20 – 22 hours every day, you can remove them if they seem likely to get in your way.
Better oral hygiene
Metal braces make cleaning your teeth a complicated process. Flossing properly is difficult, if not impossible, and teeth can become stained because it is difficult to reach all the surfaces properly. Of course, being unable to clean teeth properly also increases the danger of tooth decay. With Invisalign, you simply remove your aligner when you need to brush your teeth. Brush and floss as normal, clean your aligner, and pop it back into your mouth.
What Invisalign has in common with ordinary braces
While Invaslign has a great many advantages over metal braces, it still performs the same functions. Overbites, cross bites, under bites, crowded teeth, teeth that are spaced too far apart or skew teeth are pushed gently into position over time. The time needed to straighten your teeth with Invasalign is about the same as that needed for treatment with regular braces.
Talk to your dentist
The straightening process itself differs from individual to individual. To find out what the process would be like for you and to determine overall costs, you should visit a dentist who has been trained in treatment using Invisalign. The entire treatment process is mapped out for you so that you know what to expect, allowing you to make an informed decision between braces and Invisalign aligners.