We can’t think of a single person who was excited about the concept of wearing braces. Certainly there are those who craved the straight teeth and the beautiful smile that comes with them, but the concept of spending months if not years with visible, unsightly metal braces in their mouth isn’t something that fills them with joy. Especially when the patient in question is suffering through the trials and tribulations of high school. Thankfully there’s an alternative known as Invisalign, an invisible version of braces that are available for certain patients. Finally, a way to get all the benefits of braces without embarrassing metal-mouth.
The Benefits of Invisalign
There are a number of benefits that come with Invisalign, not the least of which is the ability to remove them on occasion for cleaning and a break for the teeth. However, this comes with its own complication, you can’t lose your braces, nor is there a temptation to leave them out for any reason. Regardless, the comfort and convenience of being able to remove the Invisalign system is a desired feature for many patients, in no small part for cleaning. Additionally, certain foods can be challenging to eat with metal braces, so the ability to remove the Invisalign system for brief periods for eating is much desired.
As stated, Invisalign is an invisible system that can be removed and doesn’t cause any additional issues with wires causing discomfort. In the case of both braces and Invisalign it will be necessary to have ongoing treatments, but with Invisalign, the need to visit the dentist is reduced to once every 6 weeks, instead of the monthly visits required by braces.
Invisalign Just Works Faster
One of the major benefits of Invisalign is their effectiveness. Braces tend to take 2 years or more to work, while Invisalign has been shown to achieve the desired results in as little as 6-18 months. Additionally, there’s no risk of damage or discoloration to the teeth with Invisalign, a potential problem with braces.
Freedom From Sores And Pain
While both braces and Invisalign can cause discomfort as the teeth are moving, Invisalign doesn’t cause the sores and pain that can result from the wires and brackets with braces. Invisalign is just a more comfortable experience and takes less time on average than braces.
Invisalign isn’t a perfect alternative to braces, unfortunately. There is a decided cost difference between the two, with Invisalign costing on average $5000 in most cases. Braces are available for the less expensive $1500, though in some cases the costs can be comparable. Ultimately the choice between Invisalign and braces is a personal one, but the multiple benefits from Invisalign cannot be denied.
There are some circumstances where Invisalign will not be appropriate, including cases where canines and premolars need to be rotated, the teeth need to be moved vertically, issues exist with back tooth bite, or bridgework is present. Additionally, Invisalign will not work for those who lack the discipline to wear them at least 22 hours a day. In these cases, braces will be the appropriate tool, speak to your dentist for further advice.