Clear aligners, also called Invisalign braces, are clear plastic orthodontic appliances that are essentially an invisible, self-contained form of braces, worn on the teeth to straighten them. They are completely removable and can be taken out and worn again at any time – this makes them highly convenient as there is no need to worry about hygiene or food particles getting stuck in the aligner, as they are transparent and airtight. However, unlike traditional braces, the Invisalign braces are not uncomfortable or even visible to the wearer. But like other braces, this type of brace has its advantages and disadvantages, and in particular it is important to understand whether you are better off having Invisalign braces or traditional metal braces. Murrieta Invisalign Braces
One obvious advantage of Invisalign braces is that they eliminate the need for patients and their families to wear false teeth; wearing trays instead means patients will have to wear the trays for longer (often half as long), and this may interfere with eating or drinking which is not ideal for some people. Another advantage of Invisalign is that they require less maintenance, as all of the work is done for you, although if you wish to remove the aligner you will need to contact your dentist and get them to drill the brackets in order to take the aligner out. This means that all of the work that Invisalign requires is completed for you, but you will still need to see a maple dental health dentist for any cleaning or other work that needs to be carried out on your teeth and mouth in order to keep them looking clean and shiny.
One of the main drawbacks of Invisalign braces is that they are not as comfortable as metal braces, which may make them more difficult to wear and remove, especially for younger children and teenagers. Another disadvantage is that they do not stay in place as well as metal brackets and can be prone to ‘bottoming out’, when the teeth start to move back towards the centre of the mouth as the aligner slips out of position. This does not happen with standard Invisalign braces, which means that patients have to wear them for half the time; however, they are not recommended for teenagers and children under the age of 16 as they do not provide as much protection as standard metal braces. Overall, Invisalign has its benefits and disadvantages, but provided that you have good health insurance it may be the best option for you.