These days, if you want to achieve straighter teeth, you have a lot of orthodontic options. Invisible braces, traditional metal braces, and lingual braces are just a few options that may be presented to you. Still, many people considering braces find themselves torn between metal braces and invisible, plastic braces. While it's important to weigh both the pros and cons of each option, the fact remains that there are many notable advantages to choosing invisible braces over traditional ones.
Easier Oral Care (For You and Your Dentist)
Since invisible braces can be easily removed while eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth, they are much easier to clean (and make your teeth easier to care for, as well). With traditional braces, you need special tools (and a lot of patience) to clean around metal wires and brackets, which can make visits to the dentist's office unpleasant. Because maintaining your oral hygiene is easier with invisible braces than it is with metal braces, you can reduce your risk of developing cavities, staining, and other dental problems during your orthodontic treatment when you choose invisible braces.
Less Time Spent in the Orthodontist's Office
When you opt for metal braces, you can expect to spend a fair amount of time in your orthodontist's office having your braces put on, having them adjusted every few weeks, and so on. With invisible braces, however, you enjoy the luxury of spending less time in the chair. Rather than going in every few weeks for uncomfortable tightening of your braces, you can simply drop in your orthodontist's office for a quick progress check and a new set of invisible braces. And since time is money, invisible braces could save you money in this regard, as you can take less time off work for your appointments.
Reduced Risk of Painful Mouth Sores
Finally, when you opt for invisible braces, you can also enjoy a more comfortable experience while straightening your teeth. With metal braces, you'll likely experience pain from mouth sores, which commonly occur when metal brackets rub up against your gums and mouth. With invisible braces, there are no brackets or wires to cause you pain—although you'll naturally experience some discomfort as your teeth shift into a straighter position, just the same as you would with metal braces.
These are just a few possible benefits of choosing invisible braces over metal ones. To determine which option is best for you, the best thing you can do is to consult with an orthodontist (such as Jackson Gregory W DDS Ltd).