A decade ago if teenagers or adults wanted to fix an overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or slight gaps between the teeth, the only option available was traditional braces. Today, dental patients have the option to choose a new teeth-straightening procedure known as Invisalign.
Even though Invisalign is designed to fix a number of the same orthodontic problems as traditional braces, it does so in a way that is considerably different than traditional braces.
The biggest difference between the two procedures is the food restrictions that are placed on patients. There is a laundry list of foods that must be avoided when a patient has traditional metal braces applied to his or her teeth. Restrictions that are often placed on patients with traditional braces can include no hard or crunchy food, no popcorn, no sticky foods, and no ultra-chewy foods.
Invisalign is designed in such a way that patients can eat whatever foods they wish to consume without fear of hurting or harming their teeth or orthodontic equipment. Patients even have the ability to choose to eat with the Invisalign trays in their mouth or remove them for the duration of the meal. This often makes eating favorite foods a lot easier.
The removal of any metal pieces or parts is also another considerable difference. Traditional braces are known for having numerous pieces of sharp metal that can cause irritation to the gums and mouth. Invisalign uses clear, smooth plastic trays. This allows patients to feel comfortable and not have to be constantly bothered with sudden pricks and pokes from the metal wiring or pieces of the braces.
It is these differences that have made Invisalign the orthodontic procedure of choice in over a million dental patients.