Woman chooses invisible aligners instead of traditional braces

How Invisible Aligners Differ From Braces

You’ve made your decision: you’re ready for straighter teeth! You’re ready to invest your time and resources into a one thousand megawatt, perfectly aligned, healthy, sparkling smile. We may be biased, but we think that is a fantastic decision.

Naturally, you then ask yourself questions like, “What comes next?” and “How do invisible aligners differ from braces?”

Well read on, friend, because we are about to shed some light on that question!

Invisible Aligners Are Clear

The aligners’ transparency is the first thing that most people think of when they think of invisible aligners. They think of the fact that they won’t be rocking what we called a “tin grin” back in the day (although we believe those should be rocked with confidence as well!).

Invisible aligners are nearly invisible and are likely to go completely unnoticed in the average conversation. This often appeals to adults, especially those who may have client-facing career paths, or who are planning a wedding, or who simply feel less than comfortable at the idea of metal braces.

Invisible Aligners Are Convenient

As well as being more discreet than traditional braces, invisible aligners are also more convenient. You can take them out to eat, drink beverages other than water, brush, floss, etc. While you do need to wear your aligners 20-22 hours per day in order for them to be effective, being able to take them out for these everyday tasks is a huge plus.

You also won’t need to forgo any of the foods you love. When you wear traditional braces, you have to sacrifice popcorn, gum, caramel, candies, and even chewy foods such as bagels (unless you cut the bagel into small pieces, rather than biting into it). You have to be careful around carrots, apples, and other hard fruits and veggies. Even foods like steak can prove challenging―though they’re less risky when it comes to actually breaking a brace.

Of course, there are dietary considerations when you have invisible aligners too. You should not drink coffee, red wine (although we’ve found some that won’t stain your teeth), or anything besides water when you have your aligners in. Pop them out, enjoy your beverage, and give your teeth a thorough brushing before putting your aligners back in!

Invisible Aligners Are Easy To Clean

Speaking of “a thorough brushing,” let’s back up and talk about brushing and flossing again. Pretty much anyone who has ever had traditional metal braces will tell you how much work it is to take care of your teeth. You must change your brushing technique, purchase special floss, and spend a lot of extra time on your brace-clad grin.

When you have invisible aligners, you can brush and floss just the same as you always did! You do need to clean your aligners and brush your teeth after finishing each meal, but it will certainly be less effort than metal braces.

Invisible Aligners Save Time and Money

If you’re like most people, you’re may be thinking, “All of this sounds awesome, but how hard will it hit my bank account?” Well, about as hard as angel wings and puppy snuggles!

We can’t speak for all brands of invisible aligner, but our Impressions invisible aligners cost only half as much as metal braces. What’s just as exciting is the treatment is also only half as long. With their effective, efficient, and affordable nature, you may just blink and find yourself with the smile of your dreams.