Does Invisalign Work Better Than Traditional Braces?

Does Invisalign Work Better Than Traditional Braces?

For a long time, the only way to get straight teeth was with the classic brackets and wires of braces. While it may be fun to switch up band colors and compare with 7th-grade classmates, the appeal of braces can fade for adults who want to achieve straight teeth. However, even though braces are often associated with teens, about 25% of the 4 million people with braces are adults. 

But not all braces are built the same. Clear aligners, which look more like retainers than braces, are a popular option for adults. In fact, the clear aligner market was worth about $1.5 billion in 2021 and is expected to keep rising. Beyond aesthetics, clear aligners, like Invisalign, have many advantages that you may not expect. 

If you’re looking to explore your options for teeth straightening, visit our team at Willow Glen Dental Care in San Jose, California. We’re proud to offer state-of-the-art and comprehensive dental care for your whole family. In this blog, Danielle Wehle, DDS, and George Kuo, DDS, discuss Invisalign basics, the pros and cons, and if Invisalign is right for you. 

What is Invisalign? 

Invisalign includes clear teeth aligners that, over time, shift your teeth into a perfect smile. To start, Willow Glen Dental Care utilizes a digital scanner to create a 3D model of your teeth. The scan is then used to make your custom aligners. 

The aligners apply gentle and constant force that shifts your teeth. They should fit snugly and won’t feel uncomfortable after the first couple of hours. Each set of aligners is worn for one to two weeks. You’ll pick up your aligners in batches when you come in for check-ups. 

What can Invisalign fix? 

Just like braces, Invisalign can be used to fix several orthodontic concerns. You may be a good match for Invisalign if you have any of the following issues:

Invisalign also works well for people who just want straighter teeth. There is, however, a limit to what Invisalign can do. For some more intensive orthodontic treatments, braces may be necessary. 

Is Invisalign right for everyone?

Some people may not have the discipline to wear Invisalign. The aligners need to be worn for 22 hours a day to be effective, and you could end up with less than thrilling results from not adhering to a strict schedule. 

Keep in mind that Invisalign can’t be worn while eating or drinking hot beverages. You’ll need to brush before you put your aligners back in, as the aligners will hold bacteria in when you wear them, opening the door for bad breath and cavities for people with poor oral hygiene habits. 

Pros of Invisalign

The biggest pro for Invisalign is that the aligners are nearly invisible. You can proudly smile in pictures without worrying about a mouth full of metal. 

Gone as well are the food restrictions that come with braces. You can feel free to eat a chewy caramel candy, just pop the aligners out and be ready to brush after enjoying your treat. 

The same goes for cleaning. You brush your teeth as normal — no brushing around brackets. And while Invisalign may not be a good match for complicated cases, the clear aligners offer less hassle for people wanting to make small corrections. For many people, Invisalign truly is better than braces. 

To learn more about Invisalign and if it’s right for you, book an appointment online or over the phone with Willow Glen Dental Care today.

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