What’s the difference?
Both Invisalign and braces are highly effective orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth. However, Invisalign treatments have become more popular with patients because they’re discreet and convenient. At Hunsaker Dental, our dentists will help you decide which option is best for you and ensure you a smile you’ve always dreamed of.
We check our patient’s teeth carefully to determine which treatment is ideal for them. While braces are necessary to fix severe alignment issues and overbites, most patients don’t have these problems. They only need good-quality aligners to fix minor misalignment issues. Our experienced Salem dentist will explain the procedure and recommend the best option so you can make the right decision.
Why Invisalign may be the right option for you…
Most patients have the option to choose between Invisalign and braces. It is a good idea to consider both of them carefully before making the decision. Here’s a look at some of the key differences between the two options:
People choose Invisalign because they’re concerned about their appearance. Traditional braces are made from metal and are fairly noticeable. Even tooth-colored or white braces are easy to spot, which can affect a patient’s confidence level. If you’re concerned about your appearance and want something discreet, Invisalign is the best option. The treatment involves clear aligner trays that don’t affect your smile.
Traditional braces are fixed permanently to your teeth. They stay on for the entire duration of the treatment and can only be removed by a qualified orthodontist. You need to follow proper cleaning procedures and visit the dentist regularly when you have braces. Invisalign trays are removable and easy to clean. You only need to visit a dentist every 4 to 6 weeks and can manage the rest of the treatment yourself at home.
Braces are designed to be as comfortable as possible, but they can still be difficult to handle. The metal can rub against the sensitive skin on your cheek and lips; wires can poke and pinch the tissues, etc. Invisalign is made from a smooth and comfortable plastic material. There are no stray wires to scratch the skin or metal pieces that can irritate you. That’s why most patients prefer Salem Invisalign over traditional treatments.
- Food and Lifestyle
You need to watch what you eat and the kind of lifestyle you maintain when you have metal braces. Our dentists will advise against eating hard or sticky food items because they can cause problems. These foods will add more pressure on the teeth while they’re being realigned, which can cause a considerable amount of discomfort. Sticky food items become lodged in the braces, making cleaning them a difficult job. Invisalign aligners are removable so you can just remove the trays to enjoy your favorite foods. There are fewer lifestyle restrictions with clear aligners.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Hunsaker Dental. You can contact us through our website or by visiting one of our three locations in Salem, Monmouth or Aumsville today!