Patients choose orthodontics for a variety of reasons; whether it be to straighten misaligned teeth, close the gaps between teeth, or improve the functionality of the mouth as a whole, orthodontics offer an effective solution. Over the past several years, Invisalign has become a leading name in the orthodontic field and many patients consider this as an option when seeking to improve their smile. And while Invisalign offers many advantages and benefits that traditional braces do not, is it really better than the alternative of metal brackets and wires? Keep reading below to find out:
What Makes Invisalign Different than Traditional Braces
- Clear aligners
- Removable aligners
- Improved oral cleanliness
- Fewer dental visits
- Quicker treatment times
- More natural smile
How These Differences Impact Your Orthodontic Treatment
One of the leading reasons patients choose Invisalign over traditional braces is because of how discreet the treatment is. Invisalign utilizes clear plastic aligners instead of metal brackets and wires to straighten teeth. These clear aligners are almost invisible while being worn, so patients can feel confident about their smile while undergoing orthodontic treatment! This discreet appearance makes Invisalign ideal for business professionals, young adults, and teens.
Additionally, Invisalign allows patients to remove the aligners when they eat, drink, and clean their teeth. This means that there is virtually no food restriction like with traditional braces and patients are better able to clean their teeth since there is nothing blocking the toothbrush and floss. And because the aligners are removable while eating, there is a drastically smaller chance that the aligners break, meaning fewer dental appointments and a faster treatment overall.
What Invisalign Cannot Help
While it may seem that Invisalign has all the answers you seek, it is often not the ideal choice for those who have severe oral concerns like crowded teeth, severely misaligned teeth, or large gaps. For these oral concerns, traditional braces can be the better choice as they are more flexible in their treatment plans. The best way to tell if Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation and be evaluated in person.
Make an Appointment Today
Find out if Invisalign can help your smile! Reach out to your local dentists, Dr. Robert W. Leedy, Dr. Nikki P. Green, Dr. Sara Chen, Dr. Albert Park, and Dr. Jaci Campo, in our office in Abilene, Texas to schedule your first appointment with us today!