Conventional metal braces continue to be the most widely used orthodontic approach to treating malocclusions. However, Invisalign is becoming more popular since its development as an alternative to traditional braces.

Invisalign uses removable clear thermoplastic trays to gradually shift your teeth into their ideal position. Find out which orthodontic treatment is best for your oral health needs when choosing between Invisalign and braces.

Visibility in Your Mouth

Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires with various rubber band colors, making them highly noticeable. This might not be ideal for adults or older teens who are self-conscious about the appearance of orthodontic devices in work and social situations.

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear plastic aligners are virtually undetectable. They are comfortable as they apply less pressure to the teeth and are easily removable when you need to eat. Invisalign is an excellent choice for people who want to reposition their teeth discreetly.

Hygiene Practices

Taking care of your hygiene is essential regardless of whether you have braces or Invisalign. Flossing around brackets and wires takes a lot of time. You need to slide the floss up and down along both sides of the tooth to avoid getting it stuck in the brackets.

When you have braces, food particles become stuck between your teeth and your braces, requiring you to clean your teeth more frequently to prevent decay.

Invisalign aligners are removable for you to clean with a soft-bristled toothbrush and effervescent tablets to get rid of any food, debris, and bacteria. You don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in metal brackets or wires. When you aren’t using your aligners, like when eating, you can store them in an airtight container to prevent bacteria from getting into them.

Treatment Timeline

Most traditional metal braces take an average of 24.6 months. The longer the treatment time, the greater the risk of complications, such as tooth resorption and gum inflammation.

A typical Invisalign treatment lasts 12 to 18 months, though you may start seeing results just a few weeks after starting treatment. Our dentist can assess your teeth and use X-rays to customize your aligners and treatment plan.

It is important to wear your aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day to stay on track with your treatment plan.

Find Out Which Treatment Works Best for You

Choosing between Invisalign and braces may depend on your dentist’s recommendations based on your teeth alignment, bite issues, and lifestyle. This kind of treatment may not be available if your dentist detects gum disease or tooth decay and needs to treat these issues first.

While Invisalign can treat many of the same issues like braces, it works best for mild to moderate bite issues.

Transform your smile today and feel more confident with Aurora Dental Group. Contact us for an orthodontic consultation. Our dentist can help determine the right treatment for you and show you how to practice good oral hygiene with your orthodontic device.