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Invisalign vs. Braces: Benefits of Choosing Clear Aligners

December 26, 2021
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Posted By: Alta Dental
Woman smiling with Invisalign aligner in Vancouver, BC

Do you want a straight, beautiful smile? Are eating and socializing a challenge because you have crooked or overcrowded teeth? Modern orthodontics can provide you with the straight teeth you have always wanted. Many people thought braces were only for children in years past, but times have changed. 

According to the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), one in four orthodontic patients is an adult. Now, adults can get the straight, aligned teeth they desire with modern orthodontics, like Invisalign clear aligners. At Alta Dental Studio, we offer Invisalign to patients who wish to discreetly and quickly straighten their teeth without the hassle or commitment of metal braces. 

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign uses precise aligner technology to move teeth into the proper position gradually. Invisalign has transformed millions of smiles across the globe for teens and adults alike. We custom-craft your Invisalign clear aligners to fit your unique smile and meet your oral health needs. 

Why Invisalign Orthodontics?

Invisalign can correct several issues, such as:

  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites
  • Crooked teeth
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Gaps and uneven spacing between teeth 
  • Overcrowded teeth

When the jaws and teeth are correctly aligned, keeping them clean and healthy is more manageable, according to the AAO. The AAO also says that correcting the bite––how the lower and upper teeth fit together––reduces excessive pressure and premature wear on the teeth, jaws, and surrounding muscles. Straight, aligned teeth can improve your ability to chew food and speak clearly. 

How Does Invisalign Work?

Your Invisalign dentist takes digital impressions of your teeth and sends them to an Invisalign lab using industry-leading technology. An Invisalign specialist creates your Invisalign trays to meet our specifications for the best possible treatment outcome and comfort. 

Every two weeks, you receive a new set of aligner trays that are slightly more snug than the previous ones. You continue advancing to each new set in the series until your treatment is complete. Treatment times vary based on each patient, but Invisalign treatment often lasts less than two years.

On the other hand, traditional orthodontics requires wires, brackets, frequent adjustments, dietary restrictions, and a treatment of at least two years to achieve desired results. 

Advantages of Invisalign Clear Aligners 

Is Invisalign a better option than traditional braces? Determining which is more beneficial depends on the patient’s individual needs and the dentist’s perspective on treatment. However, we compiled some of our favourite aspects of Invisalign as a treatment for patients with mild malocclusions. 

Discreet in Appearance

Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible, making them ideal for professionals and students who want to maintain their appearance. 

Made from Smooth, BPA-Free Plastic 

Because Invisalign aligner trays are smooth, many patients appreciate their comfort as they don’t irritate their gum tissue or lips.

Removable and Convenient 

Traditional braces have metal wires and brackets that can trap food and plaque. These areas can be challenging to brush and floss, resulting in sub-par oral hygiene. Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so it’s easier for patients to practice thorough brushing and flossing. 

No Dietary Limitations

Traditional braces cannot be removed, and patients must adhere to a specific diet during treatment to avoid damage to the orthodontics. With Invisalign, patients can remove their trays to eat but are encouraged to wear them 20-22 hours each day for optimal results. 

Fewer Athletic Restrictions 

Invisalign may be ideal for avid athletes and sports stars because they can remove the trays during physical activity. Traditional braces can break or cut soft oral tissues if patients play contact sports. We encourage patients to safely store their aligners before stepping onto the field or court.

Safe and Comfortable 

Unlike traditional orthodontics, patients can remove and replace their Invisalign aligners without fear of damaging the aligners or their teeth. Clear aligners don’t have protruding wires or sharp edges like metal braces do, so many patients consider them safer and more comfortable. 

Invisalign in Vancouver, BC

Do you want to fix crooked or overlapping teeth? Alta Dental Studio invites you to contact our Vancouver dental practice for an Invisalign consultation with Dr. Mike Terveen. 

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