Many patients who are looking for straighter teeth will consider getting Invisalign over braces that are more traditional. There are many advantages and of course, disadvantages to choosing clear braces over traditional braces. Answering the question of which treatment is best for the patient will depend on several factors from the patients dental issues to their wishes.
Read on below for some of the pros and cons of choosing Invisalign over braces that are more traditional.
Traditional braces feature small metal brackets and are said to be hard on the gums. You can’t eat anything that you like with traditional braces and they often earn you the name of "railroad tracks" and "brace face."
Clear braces are just as they sound, they are invisible. These clear, plastic aligners resemble the mouth guards used in sports. You will enjoy having clear braces much more and can even eat whatever you want with them because they are not attached to your teeth.
The Pros of Clear Braces
• The main advantage to clear braces is that they are invisible. You don’t have to worry about people seeing them and calling you names.
• Another advantage is that you can eat whatever you want with these invisible braces. They are not attached to your teeth and you take them out when you want to eat.
• It is easier to clean your teeth with clear braces as well, because you can remove them to brush your teeth and don’t have to worry about food buildup and staining as you do when braces are removed.
The Cons of Clear Braces
• This option is quite a bit more expensive than traditional braces are. Many insurance companies will not cover clear braces because they are considered cosmetic. It can get to be quite a hardship financially if you have no help when covering clear braces.
These are just a few of the pros and cons associated with clear braces. You should talk to your dentist and weigh the pros and cons carefully before making a decision. You can contact Grand Island Dental Center for more information today.