Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Is Right for You?

Crooked teeth can be distressing at any age. Whether you’re an adolescent, young adult, or older adult, teeth straightening is a smart investment in your oral health and your self-confidence. But which orthodontic option is right for you? Talk to your dentist to find out more about the differences between Invisalign and traditional metal braces.

Types of Malocclusion

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign can both treat cases of malocclusion ranging from simple to complex. Invisalign is effective for most patients, including those with the following types of malocclusion:

  • Spacing issues
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Open bite
  • Crossbite
  • Excessive crowding

Only patients with very severe types of malocclusion may be better off choosing metal braces. However, it’s still worth your time to check with an Invisalign provider, as the company is continually striving to apply this orthodontic treatment to all other bite misalignments.

Convenience of Oral Care

Stark differences between Invisalign and metal braces are apparent in this category. One of the primary reasons why Invisalign is so popular is because it’s the most convenient orthodontic option available. Fewer visits to the dental office are required, and the aligners make it easy to maintain good oral hygiene. Compared to metal braces, Invisalign does not require any special cleaning tools like proxabrushes or water flossers. Thorough cleaning of the teeth around the archwire and metal brackets is a laborious, frustrating task. In contrast, Invisalign wearers need only pop the aligners out of their mouths, brush and floss as they normally do, give the aligners a quick cleaning and rinse, and then pop them back in.

Restrictions on Eating

Adding to the convenience of Invisalign is the lack of restrictions on everyday life. You’ll remove the aligners before eating, which means you’re free to crunch apples, snack on almonds, or enjoy any of your favorite foods, with no restrictions. In contrast, metal braces come with a lengthy list of foods you must avoid during your treatment.

You can find out if Invisalign is right for you by visiting Eagle Falls Dentistry on Stratford Drive or Associated Dental Care on Bloomington Road. We’re committed to helping our patients get the beautiful, healthy smiles they deserve through effective teeth straightening in our Bloomingdale, IL offices. Give us a call today at (630) 894-5992.

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