Are Invisalign® better than braces?
Invisalign® braces are becoming more popular as an alternative to traditional metal braces.
If you’re wondering if you should consider Invisalign or braces, the teeth straightening system called Invisalign® is quickly becoming a popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® braces are formed from clear plastic to contour the shape of the teeth. They resemble retainers and fit over the teeth like a mouthguard. They are hardly recognizable as braces which explains why they are an appealing substitute for metal braces. Many patients find them to be more comfortable as well because there are no sharp edges. Over time, Invisalign® can correct crooked teeth and gaps in between teeth. While effective, they are more expensive than traditional metal braces, and may not be a good choice for everyone.
History: Invisalign® was created in 1997 by a dentist and his wife.
In 1997 Dr. Zia Chishti and Dr. David Vigliante decided to create a tooth straightening system that was totally invisible. Their work led to the creation of the product we know today as Invisalign®.
From the beginning, Invisalign® grew to become one of the most popular orthodontic treatments in the world, and millions of people having benefited from its use. Because they are comfortable to wear and more cosmetically appealing, Invisalign® is often chosen over traditional braces. Furthermore, Invisalign® can be used to treat more teeth problems than braces can.
How they Work: Invisalign® braces use a series of clear plastic trays to straighten teeth.
The best part of Invisalign® is that it straightens teeth without braces. The aligners are made of clear plastic and snap into place over your teeth. You can also easily remove them at mealtime. They need to be worn approximately 22 hours a day, ideally longer. Studies have shown that Invisalign® is just as effective as traditional metal braces.
Pros: Invisalign® braces are less visible than metal braces, and they are removable for eating and brushing teeth.
Invisalign® uses a series of plastic aligners that straighten teeth gradually over time. Because they are totally clear, Invisalign® aligners are very discreet. Braces, on the other hand, use visible metal brackets and wires to move the teeth.
The main advantages of Invisalign® aligners is that they are comfortable to wear and barely visible. They are made of soft plastic and fit easily to the teeth. They can be taken out for brushing teeth, eating, and drinking. Plus, with no sharp metal wires or brackets, there is very little chance Invisalign® will irritate the mouth or cause sores.
Cons: Invisalign® braces can be more expensive than metal braces, and they may not work as well for severe cases of misaligned teeth.
While Invisalign® has many advantages, there are a few disadvantages too. For instance, once removed, they can be easily misplaced. Additionally, they need to be worn in order to work – at least 22 hours per day – and taken out only to eat, drink, brush teeth, or floss. If they are not worn enough, the aligners may not work properly. Finally, Invisalign® can be costly. One can expect to pay several thousand dollars over the duration of treatment.
Conclusion: Overall, Invisalign® braces are a good choice for people with mild to moderate cases of misaligned teeth.
To summarize, Invisalign® is a great alternative to traditional braces because it is nearly invisible. It’s also quite comfortable while still being affordable. If you are wondering if Invisalign® is the best choice for you, discuss the different treatment options with your dentist. Feel free to call the friendly dentistry team at The Art of Dentistry for more information about Invisalign®!