A good dentist helps his patients explore all of the available options for braces in order to assist them in choosing the style that is going to perform the best for their needs. Does Invisalign really work as well as traditional braces? This is a question that is heard in many dental offices and clinics each day. Invisalign performance is important if you are considering clear braces over traditional metal wires-and-brackets. Invisalign® provides similar results to traditional metal braces for most individuals who wear them.
Invisalign® Performance: Alignment Success
Your Invisalign® performance in straightening crooked teeth should be just as successful as if you had gotten traditional, ceramic, or InVu braces. Your dentist takes great care to have each Invisalign® tray professionally fabricated to provide the desired performance.
Invisalign® Performance: Appearance
When you first start out, your clear aligner trays look beautiful. They will remain that way too as long as you aren’t a heavy smoker or coffee drinker. Unfortunately, if you do smoke heavily or drink more than 3 cups of black coffee a day, your clear braces are going to pick up a few stains in much the same manner as your teeth. Your Invisalign® performance is still going to be the same, and your teeth are going to get straighter. It’s just that your clear braces are no longer going to look as invisible.
Invisalign® Performance: Stability
In general, traditional styles of metal braces provide the highest level of stability in a patient’s teeth-straightening treatment. This is due to the fact that traditional braces are worn 24 hours a day. With Invisalign®, the patient has the opportunity to remove the aligner trays for eating and caring for the teeth (brushing and flossing). This creates the opportunity for a patient to become lazy about their teeth-straightening treatment. If the aligners are kept off for extended periods of time, the results will not be the same as with traditional braces, and Invisalign® performance suffers.
Invisalign® Performance: Visibility
As long as you care for your trays properly, your aligners should remain nearly invisible. This aspect of Invisalign® performance is perhaps the most compelling reason that people choose them over traditional braces.