There are all sorts of decision-making styles. Some people go on gut instinct. Others survey friends and family for input. Still others exhaustively research all available information from reputable sources? Many of us are list-makers who assemble the pros and cons, the advantages and the disadvantages.
When it comes to straightening your teeth with traditional braces versus with Invisalign in Prince Albert, you should consider your options from every angle. We want to help you make an informed decision, whatever approach you take. Here, to start, is a list of some of the pros and cons of trying Invisalign near you.
Advantages #1 and #2: Keeping your teeth cleaner is easier with Invisalign
If well-maintained Invisalign aligners are practically invisible — and they are — how can we say they’re more attractive? They’re invisible and your teeth are crooked at the outset. Crooked as your teeth may be at the start of your treatment plan, they’ll get straighter by the week. And invisible aligners are more attractive than metal brackets and wires on your teeth. Especially since you’ll be able to take your aligners off to get your teeth clean. Traditional braces make keeping your teeth clean even harder than usual.
Advantage #3: You can eat what you want
When you eat while straightening your teeth with Invisalign in Prince Albert, you’ll do so after taking out your aligners. You’ll be able to eat any food you want without any interference by braces and wires as long as you clean your teeth thoroughly afterwards. If you want to eat stringy, crunchy, and sticky foods, go right ahead! (Unless you’re wearing braces, in which case, good luck getting all the detritus cleared out of those wires and brackets.)
Disadvantage #1: Invisalign giveth and Invisalign taketh away
One of the great advantages of Invisalign is that you can take your aligners out (unlike traditional braces). But there’s a catch. You shouldn’t take your aligners out for long, and not for more than two hours a day. Your treatment plan will assume that you’ll wear your aligners for 22 hours daily. You’ll need to rigorously track the minutes without your aligners and be disciplined at all times. That way, the plan developed by the staff at a Prince Albert Dental Clinic can be completed on time and on target.
Disadvantage #2: It’s easy to lose your aligners
Traditional braces have one clear advantage: You can’t lose them since they don’t come off your teeth! It’s not true about your Invisalign aligners. Your aligners are easy to lose unless you keep track of them, and it takes time to replace them if lost for good. (Pro tip: Keep your last completed aligner on hand just in case you lose your current aligner. Wearing the last one won’t push you forward toward the finish line, but it’ll keep you from falling behind.)
Advantage #4: Invisalign avoids the stigma of “metal mouth”
It’s a sad truth that wearing braces has been stigmatizing for generations of teens. The prospect of looking like a teenager again is one reason that many adults live with crooked teeth much longer than they need to. With Invisalign, that stigma associated with wire and metal brackets is eliminated. For that reason, amongst others, many adults decide as mature adults and even seniors to have their teeth straightened because they can finally do so without feeling sheepish about looking like highschoolers.
One article like this won’t answer every question and won’t provide you with all the information you need. We hope it’s a start, but we encourage you to contact a Prince Albert Dental Clinic to arrange an assessment and consultation to get the rest of the information you need to decide which approach to take to achieving straighter teeth.