Invisible Straighteners Versus a Mouth Full of Metal: Top Five Reasons Invisalign Braces Are Better

Posted on: 25 February 2015

You're ready to straighten your smile, but you aren't sure if you should get traditional metal braces or the newfangled invisible Invisalign braces. Ultimately, you and your orthodontist will have to work together to determine which option is right for your mouth, but while deciding, keep in mind the host of advantages offered by Invisalign straighteners. Here is a look at the top five advantages compared to metal braces:

1. Invisalign Straighteners Are Not Attached to Any Popular Insults yet

While insults such as "metal mouth" are commonly hurled at people who wear traditional wire braces, people with invisible retainers don't face the same issues. As of yet, even the world's bully population has not coined a popular insulting moniker for someone who wears invisible straighteners. 

2. Invisalign Straighteners Do Not Require Wire Tightening Appointments

When you have metal braces, you have to visit the orthodontist periodically so he or she can tighten the wires on your braces. This sometimes annoying procedure forces you to sit in the chair with your mouth open for extended periods of time. Luckily, you don't have to do this with Invisalign straighteners. As indicated above, you just pop in a new one once in a while.  

3. Invisalign Straighteners are Removable

Unlike braces—which have to stay in your mouth until your teeth are completely straight—Invisalign straighteners can be removed as often as you like. If you want to take a special photograph of yourself, eat popcorn or other foods that tend to stick in braces or kiss your lover, you can just pop out your Invisalign straighteners and use your mouth as normal. Then, you can pop them back in and enjoy their straightening capabilities.

4. Invisalign Straighteners Make Mouth Care Easier

As your Invisalign straighteners are removable, you don't have to jump through hoops to floss around braces or deal with other mouth care issues. Instead, you can remove your straighteners, clean your mouth as usual and then clean the Invisalign straightener itself with a bit of toothpaste and water.

5. Invisalign Straighteners Do Not Create Cavity-prone Areas like Braces Do

As you may know, cavities can sometimes form under or around braces. This cavity risk is also true of areas behind metal retainers. Many orthodontic patients cannot reach these areas with their brush or floss, and as a result, bacteria and plaque can build up and cause cavities. Because Invisalign straighteners are removable, patients never need to worry about any unwanted build-up leading to cavities. For more information, contact Dr Peter Vaughan Specialist Orthodontist.