Braces or Invisalign Clear Aligners? How to Choose What’s Best for You

Braces or Invisalign Clear Aligners? How to Choose What’s Best for You

Age, lifestyle and the amount of dental work that needs to be done are all things to consider when correcting teeth. Braces and Invisalign Clear Aligners are both popular choices, but how do you know which is best for you?

Invisalign and braces are used to correct and straighten teeth, improving the patient’s overall dental health. Here are some things to consider when deciding which solution is right for you.

Invisalign Clear Aligners 

Clear in Appearance

One of the main reasons Invisalign appeals to patients is its transparent appearance. Invisalign is practically ‘invisible’, which means it’s hard for others to notice you’re even wearing them. 

They’re Removable

While braces are fixed to your teeth, Invisalign is removable, which makes it easy to eat and drink as you usually would. However, you need to replace them after you’ve eaten and brushed your teeth, as Invisalign must be worn 20-22 hours every day to work correctly. 

No Discomfort or Irritation 

Unlike braces, Invisalign has no metal brackets or wires, so there’s no potential discomfort or irritation to your mouth. It also means you won’t need to go for as many check-ups. 

Better For Minor Teeth Corrections

Invisalign is better for patients who only need minor teeth straightening or correction. 

Traditional Braces

Have a More Obvious Appearance

While Invisalign is almost invisible, braces are a little more obvious in appearance. Lingual and ceramic braces are less visible, but some patients are more comfortable with the appearance of their braces. 

No Problems With Hot Drinks

Unlike Invisalign, your braces don’t need to be removed to eat or drink. In addition, because braces are heat resistant, patients can drink hot drinks without the worry of damaging the braces. 

However, braces do come with some food limitations. For example, you should avoid foods like candy, chewing gum or popcorn as they can damage the braces, which means you’ll be back in the dentist’s chair. 

Can Be Uncomfortable 

Because of the way they are made, braces can be uncomfortable. In the beginning, getting used to having the metal brackets and wires in your mouth can take a while, and you may experience irritation or cuts inside your mouth. 

Better For Major Corrections 

Braces are generally used for patients who need more complex corrections to their teeth. They can accommodate minor, moderate and significant corrections because they are more powerful and effective than Invisalign. 

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