Choosing Between Invisalign and Braces
When it comes to straightening crooked or misaligned teeth, traditional braces have always been the go-to treatment. After many decades of success, traditional braces have long been considered the tried-and-true method of correcting malocclusion problems. While evolution in the treatment has seen braces become sleeker and less noticeable, metal braces have earned a reputation for being uncomfortable and unattractive, all thanks to the metal wires and brackets they are made from.
Fortunately, Invisalign provides a new way to straighten teeth that is both comfortable and invisible. We encourage you to read on to learn more about how Invisalign from Dr. Stanislaus provides treatment superior to that of traditional braces.
Invisalign: A More Comfortable Treatment
Simply put, metal braces are not known for being the most comfortable treatment. Traditional orthodontics requires that metal wires, brackets, rubber bands, and even spacers in some cases are permanently cemented to your teeth. Over time, this metal can feel very uncomfortable, and you can even end up cutting your tongue, lips, or cheeks on the braces.
Invisalign proves to be more comfortable than treatment with traditional braces. Part of the reason for this is the fact that Invisalign can be removed at any time. Your aligners will also be made from a smooth, clear plastic that is molded to perfectly fit your teeth. This ensures that your treatment will not harm the delicate soft tissue of your smile. While you might experience some discomfort when you first swap aligners, this in nothing compared to the soreness that accompanies tightening braces or cuts from broken wires.
Easier to Maintain Oral Health
Maintaining proper oral hygiene can be a struggle for many patients. For individuals with braces, brushing and weaving floss between brackets and wires can be especially challenging. It is not uncommon for food to get caught in the brackets and wires, which will be difficult to remove using a toothbrush. In fact, many people need to purchase special tools in order to keep their braces properly cleaned. Even worse, as metal braces can so easily trap food and plaque, these individuals are at a higher risk of developing cavities and gum disease.
Since Invisalign aligners are easily removed, keeping your teeth clean is incredibly easy. When it comes time to clean your teeth, you will merely remove your aligners and then brush and floss like normal. You will also need to brush your aligner clean after each meal or snack as well, but your whole hygiene routine with Invisalign will be much easier and less time consuming to maintain than traditional braces.
The Freedom to Eat Whatever You Want
When it comes to traditional braces, you will need to give up certain foods for the duration of your treatment. This includes foods that are hard or sticky, both of which can get caught in your braces or even damage them. Foods that you will be advised to give up include nuts, popcorn, and gum.
Once again, the fact that Invisalign aligners can be removed at any time benefits the patient. When it comes to eating, you will be free to eat whatever you want. You will simply need to remove your aligners before you eat. In fact, you will be required to remove your aligners before every meal. By removing your aligners before eating, you will not need to worry about your food getting caught in or damaging your aligners. Once you have completed your meal, simply brush, floss, and reinsert your aligners before continuing on with your day.
Explore Braces Options at Brooklyn Heights Dental
Whether you’ll considering orthodontics for health or cosmetic braces, it’s important to choose the best treatment for your unique smile. To learn if Invisalign is right for your smile, call our Brooklyn cosmetic dentistry practice today and schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Stanislaus. We’ll walk you through the treatment process, answer your questions, and help you create a personalized treatment plan that ensure you achieve your best smile. Call us today!