Orthodontic treatment can be life-changing. From alleviating discomfort to boosting confidence to protecting your long-term health, getting a smile you love is a powerful way to care for yourself physically and emotionally.
Today, there are more options for transforming your smile than ever before. So why choose Invisalign over braces? By taking a closer look at this innovative treatment, you can find the answers you need to start your journey.
Why Choose Invisalign Over Braces?
In the not-to-distant past, straightening your teeth meant getting braces. But over the past two decades, Invisalign has changed that. Now, advancements in clear aligner technology have made Invisalign an excellent option even for people who weren't considered ideal candidates a few years ago. But why choose Invisalign over braces? Is it just about looks, or do the benefits go beyond appearance?
Invisalign straightens teeth with a series of virtually invisible aligners made of medical-grade plastic customized to your mouth. Unlike braces, Invisalign is barely detectable to others—most people won’t even know you’re wearing aligners.
Being able to undergo orthodontic treatment discreetly is a significant advantage for people of all ages and allows you to feel your best throughout treatment.
Braces can be uncomfortable. Brackets can scrape, wires can poke, and rubber bands can snap. And even if everything goes perfectly, braces can just feel awkward. None of these are issues with Invisalign.
Invisalign aligners are customized to fit your teeth perfectly and trimmed to protect your gum line. While you may feel pressure as the aligners move your teeth into a healthier position, you should not experience any cuts, scrapes, or calluses from Invisalign treatment. Chances are, you’ll forget you’re wearing aligners at all.
Fits Your Schedule
Invisalign doesn’t require regular tightening or extensive visits to your orthodontist’s office. In most cases, your orthodontist simply checks your progress every few months to make sure your treatment is on track and give you your next set of aligners. At BHO, we use an AI powered app that allows us to track your tooth movement.
Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you can brush and floss like normal. Braces, on the other hand, make oral self-care more complicated and time-consuming. Not only can braces trap food in hard-to-reach areas, you also need special tools for flossing and have to change your brushing technique. These challenges cause many people to neglect their oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment—and that can have a serious impact on your health.
Researchers have found that people who wear braces have significantly more plaque build-up and gingival irritation than people who wear removable aligners. It’s also common for people to get their braces off only to discover that their teeth have become discolored due to lack of proper hygiene during treatment. This is not a problem with Invisalign. In fact, if you have concerns about the color of your teeth, you can get teeth whitening services at any point during Invisalign treatment.
No Dietary Restrictions
There are no restrictions on what you can eat or drink while undergoing Invisalign treatment. You simply remove the aligners before eating or drinking and brush your teeth before reinserting them. In contrast, braces come with food restrictions to protect the brackets and wires against damage. Many sticky, chewy, and hard foods are off-limits when wearing braces, and some people find that certain foods just aren’t worth the hassle.
Connect With an Invisalign Expert
“Why choose Invisalign over braces?” is a great question to start your orthodontic journey, and the answers help you understand why people who choose Invisalign are more satisfied with their treatment than those who choose braces. But, ultimately, your care comes down to your unique needs and preferences.
At Beverly Hills Orthodontics, we’re experts in Invisalign treatment and committed to ensuring that each patient gets the highest-quality care. We’ll work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals and create the smile you deserve.