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5 Advantages of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces



February 13, 2023

When most people are considering straightening their teeth, the first thing that pops into mind is the bulky aesthetics of traditional metal braces. Fortunately, if you are looking for a more subtle solution for creating your dream smile, you can always consider Invisalign aligners over traditional braces.

This post closely examines 5 advantages of Invisalign over traditional metal braces. We hope you enjoy it!

Invisalign Is Inconspicuous

Although traditional braces have made quite the comeback for their aesthetics amongst teenagers, the more noticable wires and brackets are not something that most adults enjoy. Therefore, people who want a subtle solution to align their teeth are better off with Invisalign aligners.

Thanks to their transparency, Invisalign aligners are rarely visible to people who don't know you're on a teeth alignment journey. This makes Invisalign a great option for shy children and adults in customer-facing roles such as sales or customer service. 

Freedom to Eat What You Like

One of the most significant disadvantages of traditional braces is you don't always get to eat what you want or like. You should avoid chewy, sticky, crunchy, and hard foods if you have regular braces. It's essential that you also avoid foods that require significant biting into.

However, you don't have to restrict your diet with Invisalign. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign can be removed when you're eating, allowing you to indulge in all of your favorite foods.

Keep in mind that you'll still need to brush your teeth after every meal in order to maintain proper oral hygiene and to keep your aligners nice and clean.

Better Oral Hygiene

Sometimes it can be quite challenging to maintain your regular oral hygiene routine when you have traditional metal braces. The metal brackets and wires make brushing and flossing a bit harder for a lot of patients.

Because Invisalign aligners are removable, they allow you to continue brushing and flossing your teeth normally. Similarly, it's also easier to clean the aligners, ensuring your oral hygiene isn't compromised.

Less Treatment Time

In all fairness, treatment time using braces (and Invisalign) depends on various factors. They include:

  • How crooked are your teeth - are they crowded, sticking out, or spaced too far apart?
  • Your bite - also known as teeth alignment, a patient's bite determines the length of the treatment. The most common bite types that require braces include an open bite, an underbite, or a crossbite.

You may have to wear braces for a lesser period of time if your condition is not severe. For instance, traditional braces may take up to 3 years to help give you that perfect smile. 

On the other hand, Invisalign treatment takes between 6 and 12 months to straighten teeth and up to approximately 18 to 24 months for severe cases. 

While traditional braces worked better in the past, significant advancements in the orthodontic industry mean, in some cases, aligners can do the job faster.

Shorter Visits to the Orthodontist

Both traditional braces and Invisalign need adjustments to work effectively. However, while adjusting traditional braces involves tightening the wires, adding elastics and rubber bands, and repositioning the braces, Invisalign adjustments are as simple as changing the trays.

This means patients who go for Invisalign will spend significantly less time on visits to the orthodontist than someone with traditional braces.

Along with the benefits above, Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces. With Invisalign, you don't have to worry about injuring the interior of your mouth, as the metal and wires can be abrasive. Traditional braces might have been the best option in the past, but Invisalign aligners have proven to be just as effective and less intrusive.


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