9 Reasons Why Invisalign is a Better Option Than Fixed Braces


If you’ve always felt self conscious about your smile, braces could help you to feel more confident. Getting braces is commonly associated with the fixed metal braces, but there are many options available today, including removable and clear aligners like Invisalign.

Invisalign is a popular choice with adults and teens alike. They work in a similar way to a retainer that you would typically wear at the end of your treatment. But instead of just keeping the teeth in the correct position, they actually apply gentle pressure to the teeth.

As you move through your series of algiers, your teeth get closer and closer to the ideal position. At the end of treatment, you only need to wear a retainer at night time to keep your teeth looking beautiful.

If you’re curious about this treatment plan, here are 9 reasons you should try Invisalign over fixed braces:

No foods are off limits

1. No foods are off limits

When you choose traditional fixed braces, there will be certain foods that are off limits for the duration of your treatment. These are foods that could damage the brackets and wires, or foods that will be very difficult to clean.

With Invisalign, you simply remove the aligners before you eat, so you never have to worry about your food choices getting caught in your braces. If you’re a picky eater or have dietary restrictions, this can help to take the pressure off your treatment.

2. Easy to care for your teeth

Brushing your teeth while wearing braces can be quite tricky, and you’ll need to use a special brush to make sure you reach between the brackets. With Invisalign, you can simply remove the aligner, brush your teeth, and clean your aligner while you are brushing. It barely adds any time to your daily oral healthcare routine.

3. See the results before you start

Using the iTero scanner and facial mapping technology, we can give you an idea of how your teeth will look after treatment, and this can help you to stay on track. Seeing the potential results of your smile makeover makes it much easier to keep up with the treatment, as you’ll have a good idea of the results you can expect.

Aligners are comfortable

4. Aligners are comfortable

With fixed braces, you’ll have brackets, wires and sometimes elastic bands on your teeth. This can cause pressure points on your gums, cheeks, lips and tongue. Invisalign aligners are laser cut to fit your gum line, and this ensures a perfect fit. They can also be easily shaped to be more comfortable if they are bothering you in any way. The smooth profile is also much easier to ignore. And while you might have a few days of adjusting to your new aligners, most people find that they get used to speaking while wearing their aligners within a few days.

5. Nearly invisible treatment

If you’re seeking out teeth straightening because you are self conscious about your teeth, the last thing you want is to be self conscious about your braces. Invisalign is very discreet and barely perceptible when you are wearing it.

And if you’re working in a public facing role and occasionally need to be able to take your aligners out to speak to someone with complete confidence, you can easily do this. Traditional fixed braces don’t offer the same opportunity.

Fewer dental checkups

6. Fewer dental checkups

When you choose traditional fixed aligners, you’ll need to visit the dentist every time you need an adjustment. This is how the treatment plan progresses. Unfortunately, this means lots of trips to the dentist, which might not be convenient if you work full time.

With Invisalign, you can manage many of the adjustments at home on your own, because all you need to do is switch to the next aligner in the case. You still visit the dentist during your treatment to make sure everything is going to plan, but the visits won’t be anywhere near as frequent.

7. Suitable for complex cases

There is a common misconception that only traditional fixed braces can help with very complex alignment issues. This isn’t true, and Invisalign can now be used to address most alignment problems, including issues with your bite. Attachments can be placed on the teeth to ensure a better grip, allowing the aligners to work more effectively. Precision wings are also effective for addressing bite alignment problems.

Variable treatment times

8. Variable treatment times

Perhaps one of the biggest perks of Invisalign is the flexibility of treatment. You could choose to straighten one arch or both arches. You could also choose an express treatment, where only the top front teeth are addressed. Having so much flexibility in the treatment planning means that you’ll have far greater control over how long you are wearing braces for.

Since the aligners are almost invisible and removable, most patients don’t mind if their treatment takes 18 months to 2 years. They would much rather complete a treatment of this duration with removable aligners rather than fixed metal braces.

9. Develop lifelong healthy habits

We find that patients who invest in their smiles with treatments like Invisalign are far more likely to take good care of their teeth for the rest of their lives. It’s also an excellent way to kick start good habits. Habits like drinking fizzy drinks or snacking between meals will often become a thing of the past for patients, as the inconvenience of taking out their aligners to do these things will be enough of a deterrent. Many patients will continue to keep these good habits going, long after they have stopped wearing their aligners.

Ready to start treatment?

If you’re curious about how Invisalign could help you, we encourage you to get in touch to arrange a consultation. This is your opportunity to ask questions about the treatment plan and learn more about how Invisalign might help. You’ll also get to see a generated image of what your smile could look like after treatment. Get in touch with our team to secure your spot today.

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