Dental patient Patients find they have a decision to make when they decide to undergo orthodontic treatment—choosing between invisible aligners & traditional braces. Many of our patients are now aware that there is an alternative to traditional braces. Invisible aligners—such as Invisalign—are an effective alternative to traditional braces with several benefits over traditional braces, especially for adults. Here are the top reasons why adults in our practice prefer clear aligners over traditional braces.
The main reason why adult patients choose invisible aligners is that they appear invisible. This helps conceal the fact that the patient is undergoing orthodontic treatment, which can be embarrassing for some adults as well as teens. Invisible aligners also help hide existing gaps, another aesthetic benefit.
Many of our adolescent patients also prefer clear aligners for the same reason, especially high school- and college-age patients. However, some of our younger patients still choose traditional braces, because they can customize the elastics on the brackets. Popular choices for these are school colors or the colors of their favorite sports team. The ability to customize the look of traditional braces allows young patients to express themselves while straightening their smile.
Many patients who have traditional braces find it difficult to properly take care of their teeth, because they either had poor oral hygiene to start with and do not make adjustments to their cleaning routines while wearing braces, or they fall into poor oral hygiene habits once their brackets are placed.
Oftentimes, patients will develop calcium deposits on the front of their teeth following orthodontic treatment. These deposits are visible when the braces are removed and require the patient either to have cosmetic work done or live with white spots on their teeth.
Poor hygiene habits with traditional braces also may result in swollen gums that can become problematic if the patient neglects to perform good oral hygiene. Swollen gums can then lead to gingivitis, which if left untreated can lead to lifelong health problems.
Clear aligners were first used only on simple orthodontic cases, such as slightly crowded teeth, but now they’re used for even the most advanced orthodontic cases. Not only do we find that clear aligners take away the social stigma of orthodontics, but they also tend to be more efficient when it comes to patients’ oral health.
3. Easy to Remove
Unlike traditional braces, patients love having the ability to remove their Invisible aligners when they eat and brush their teeth. This allows them to continue their usual hygiene routine of brushing and flossing.
Not only do clear aligners make cleaning easy, but they offer patients the freedom to eat what they want and brush their teeth normally. Patients no longer have to keep a list of restricted food items that may cause traditional brackets to come loose and require additional orthodontic visits.
One of the best ways we can be more clinically efficient and reduce the discomfort our patients experience is through the combined use of clear aligners and impression-less scanning. Impression-less scanning is becoming more widely used in dentistry, which is one reason why many of our patients opt for Invisible aligners.
We use the CEREC Omnicam digital scanning system in our practice. It creates a 3-D digital scan of a patient’s teeth quickly, comfortably, and accurately. This reduces the time that patients have to be in the chair with mouth extenders and putty in their mouth, which is a benefit they really appreciate when they choose clear aligners.
Invisible aligners are a great alternative to bracket and wire orthodontics. Everyone has different reasons why they need orthodontic treatment, and Invisible aligner technology has now advanced to meet these patient needs as a popular option for orthodontic treatment.