The process of getting straighter teeth has become more esthetically pleasing since the introduction of invisible braces. These braces are more appealing in appearance and allow patients to spend less time in the dentist’s chair than traditional braces. However, invisible braces may not be for everybody since there are advantages and disadvantages to wearing them. You must first determine if you are willing to take on the responsibility of wearing them before making any final decisions.
Determining whether invisible braces are a better option for you over traditional braces requires a clear understanding of the responsibilities for both types of treatments.
A patient who doesn’t mind allowing the dentist to make forceful monthly adjustments to his or her teeth is suited for traditional braces. On the contrary, those who desire the benefits of a clear aligner must understand that the biggest responsibility falls on them. Although you will periodically visit the dentist for assessments, you will be responsible for switching out your aligner every few weeks with a new aligner. The aligners will be in a numbered package and each provides a subtle shift of your teeth. In addition, the aligners need to be worn consistently for 22-23 hours per day. Patient must only remove the invisible braces when consuming any food and while brushing their teeth. The requirement of removing the aligners before eating anything can be an advantage but it can also be a disadvantage if you are in a public environment for a meal. Furthermore, you must be diligent with brushing and flossing after each meal before replacing your aligner tray. For these reasons, you must take some responsibility in order to benefit from invisible braces.