Invisalign Compared to Braces
Invisalign offers the same long-term benefits that metal braces deliver, but it does so quite differently. Here is a look at how clear braces compare to conventional braces in several important ways.
Metal braces fall short compared to clear braces in terms of looks. Whereas metal braces have obvious brackets, clear aligners are very discreet. Furthermore, clear braces do not make patients more prone to getting food stuck in their teeth. These properties can make clear braces the better choice for image-conscious students and professionals.
The plastic used to make clear aligners is very smooth, eliminating risks of abrasion against the inner cheeks. This stands in contrast to braces, which are notorious for rubbing against these areas and potentially causing painful sores.
The fact that aligners are removable means that patients with clear braces can brush and floss as easily as they could if they were not receiving orthodontic care. With metal braces, oral hygiene becomes challenging. This is because metal brackets and wires collect food and bacteria, which maskes brushing and flossing more difficult.
Metal braces take about two years to correct the teeth of most patients. This is significantly longer than treatment with clear braces, which finish straightening teeth in an average of fifteen months. Of course, the duration of each treatment varies with individual goals and patient conditions.
Finally, metal braces can correct some issues that clear braces cannot. Even still, most adults are eligible for clear braces. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to see if you qualify for clear braces and find out how different orthodontic treatments can address your goals.
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