When people decide they want to straighten their teeth, adjust their bite, or correct gaps and crowding, they are faced with choosing between Invisalign and traditional metal braces.
While the decision is clear-cut for some, others find it more difficult and wonder: Invisalign or traditional braces – Which is better?
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces – Fabrication
Like many patients, you may be thinking: Invisalign or traditional braces – Which is better?
In order to accurately compare the two options, it’s important to discuss the construction and materials of each teeth-straightening solution.
Invisalign uses 3D technology to create custom, clear aligner trays that are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic. You will wear each set of aligners for two weeks and then replace them with new trays.
Traditional braces are comprised of metal wires and brackets and must be routinely adjusted by your orthodontist.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces – Convenience
While patients are instructed to wear their Invisalign aligners day and night, they can be easily removed for eating, brushing your teeth, and flossing.
As such, you can continue eating your favorite foods and effectively remove all debris from your teeth without anything getting in the way.
And because Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, they don’t draw any unwanted attention to the fact that you are straightening your teeth. This is a significant advantage for teenagers and adults alike!
Traditional braces, on the other hand, cannot be removed by the patient and stay fixed inside the individual’s mouth. Their metal wires and brackets are also fairly obvious and can trap food debris and interfere with brushing and flossing.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces – Comfort
When choosing between Invisalign or braces, comfort is a key consideration.
Invisalign’s smooth SmartTrack material is extremely comfortable and avoids any type of irritation to the mouth, cheeks, or lips.
In comparison, patients who wear traditional braces often find them to be cumbersome and painful. Especially, when playing sports or engaging in other physical activities.
Deciding Between Invisalign or Traditional Braces?
If you are considering Invisalign, please call our office today to schedule an appointment with one of our highly skilled and experienced Invisalign providers.