There are many more choices for straightening your teeth than there used to be. This is great, but it also means it can be harder to make a decision. Many people struggle with the decision between Invisalign and traditional braces, so here’s some information to help you decide.
How Much Do You Want to Avoid Visible Wires?
Invisalign’s biggest benefit is that it can offer you a straighter smile without having to have metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that may mean you can keep your orthodontic treatment a secret, and only tell people close to you.
However, you also need to know that modern braces are more advanced and less obvious than they used to be. With clear brackets and white wires, they too can be very hard to see sometimes.
How Much Would Your Diet Be Restricted?
Invisalign has no diet restrictions, but there are a lot of things you can’t eat with braces. It’s worth taking the time to look at the list of diet restrictions for braces and decide how much of a difference that will make in your life.
Both Require Heightened Oral Hygiene
We all know that braces are a pain to clean, and that it can add a lot of time and effort to your daily oral hygiene routine. But Invisalign also means spending more time cleaning your teeth. Every time you take your aligners off to eat, you have to clean your teeth before putting them back on.
Some Types of Tooth Movement Are Harder with Invisalign
Although Invisalign and traditional braces tend to have similar quality of results, treatment times, and other measures, they’re not exactly equal when it comes to all kinds of tooth movements. Although Invisalign is getting better than it used to be, it still can’t accomplish all types of movements equally.
Especially for functional orthodontics, we are likely to favor traditional braces.
Do You Have Plastic Allergies?
It’s possible to have an allergic response to Invisalign. It’s uncommon, and the symptoms tend to be minor, but it’s a consideration. Invisalign can actually make its aligners out of many different types of plastic, so it’s also possible they might be made out of something you won’t have a response to. It’s important to mention plastic allergies to us if you are considering Invisalign.
Would Your Activities Put You at Risk with Braces?
Contact sports and other activities can put you at risk with braces. The wires and brackets can cut your cheeks and may interfere with your mouthguard. Because Invisalign is completely removable, you can wear your mouthguard as normal without interference.
Only Talking to a Dentist Will Tell for Sure
All the above are important considerations for you to think about, but the best way to make a decision is to talk to a dentist in person.