Invisalign® Systems and Other Clear Aligners vs. Braces – How to Choose the Best Solution for You
It can be difficult for individuals to make a decision on whether they should get clear aligners or braces. While your final decision should include a consultation with Dr. Haslam, this post should help lay out the pros and cons of each option for you.
Clear aligners, as their name suggests, are clear plastic devices intended to straighten your teeth over time. Aligners are custom made using models of your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. You will switch aligners every couple weeks until you have reached the final result.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of your teeth. Metal wires and rubber bands are then attached to the brackets and manipulated to adjust the alignment of your teeth.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
There are several reasons that someone would choose clear aligners, with the first being that they are nearly undetectable by observers. Not only are they more difficult to see (getting you closer to being able to show off that perfect smile), but they can be taken out temporarily when needed, allowing you to eat without distraction. Being able to remove your aligners also makes it much easier to brush and floss your teeth. Wearing clear aligners are also generally much more comfortable than braces. While adjusting the alignment of your teeth can be uncomfortable, there is generally less mouth and gum discomfort since the aligners are made of a special plastic and custom-made to fit your mouth.
The Disadvantages of Clear Aligners
While clear aligners have many benefits, they may not be the right fit for every person and every situation. While being able to remove the aligners can be a significant advantage for many people, it can also pose some issues. First, you have to remember to put them back in as soon as you are finished eating or cleaning your teeth or you will not see the best results. You also have to be careful not to lose or damage the aligners while they are out of your mouth. Clear aligners also may not be able to fix more complex alignment problems. Before deciding, you should have a discussion with your dental professional to see if clear aligners can provide the results you desire.
The Benefits of Braces
The number one advantage of braces is that they are suitable for all types of treatments. If you have multiple issues or a complex alignment situation, braces may be the solution for you. It is also possible for braces to be a quicker treatment option. The power of braces can make it quicker to close gaps with braces.
The Disadvantages of Braces
The first thing that many people think about with braces is the look. It is common to be self conscious about the way you will look with braces, while clear aligners present a much more discreet option. Another disadvantage is that braces can be more painful than clear aligners. Braces can have sharp edges that can cut your gums and lips and cause more discomfort. Since braces cannot be removed, teeth cleaning and eating can be more difficult as well. Many people do not want to have to avoid eating their favorite foods, so braces may not be the best option.
For those who can use them, clear aligners such as Invisalign systems can be the least intrusive solution for straightening teeth. It’s nice not to have to worry about the looks and inconveniences of traditional braces! If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please contact our Ogden, UT office at (801) 479-1700. We’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.