Misaligned teeth often spoil your smile as well as making it difficult to clean teeth properly. This then opens one to the risk of contracting all manner of diseases including periodontal diseases. It is therefore very beneficial to align teeth and for many years, metal braces were a popular way of getting this done. However, the last decade or two have seen the introduction of clear plastic aligners popularly known as Invisalign. Here are a number of reasons why you should Invisalign over metal braces.
Metal braces are not only very visible but they also look very unattractive when worn. They give the mouth a cluttered look and people with metal braces are often very self-conscious when they smile. To make it worse, when you wear metal braces, you have to keep checking a mirror after every meal as bits of food get caught in between the metal braces. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and are designed to fit precisely over the teeth of the person wearing them. This makes a huge difference in aesthetics as Invisalign aligners are barely noticeable.
Once metal braces are attached to the teeth, they cannot be removed except by a dental expert. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are designed to be detachable and one can easily remove them. This means that when one is earing or cleaning teeth, they can be easily removed and put back again. This offers great flexibility and you don’t even have to worry about bits of food getting stuck in the Invisalign aligners.
Metal braces have a number of metal parts that can scratch or tear the soft tissue inside the mouth. This poses a significant problem especially if the wearer participates in sports and other related activities. The metal in the traditional braces can also contribute to tooth decay through mineralization. Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic and thus have no such safety issues. They are also designed to fit snugly into the wearer’s teeth and thus have no protruding parts that can cause injury.
Invisalign treatment typically takes a shorter time than metal braces. In order to achieve the desired results, one has to wear metal braces for about 5 years. For exactly the same result, Invisalign aligners take about a year and a half to get the job done. This is less than half of the metal braces’ treatment duration.
The process of aligning teeth using Invisalign is highly computerized and your dentist can easily tell how many Invisalign sets will be required and how long the process will take. Metal braces on the other hand offer no such predictability and the treatment process has an element of trial and error.
If you are looking for an experienced dental practitioner to help you with the Invisalign process, look no further than Dr. Alex Rubinov of New York City. Dr. Rubinov has helped numerous patients achieve a perfect smile through the Invisalign treatment. Contact the practice at (718) 253-0800 for an appointment.