Aligning your teeth with braces can be a great financial investment, and the last thing you need is the extra expense of repairing or replacing broken braces. Therefore, meticulous care of the brackets is crucial, as is the care of the teeth and gums. If you or your children are receiving orthodontic treatment, the following tips can help protect your investment and ensure that you maintain good oral health during and after treatment.
Using traditional metal braces are one way of aligning your teeth. which consist of brackets on the front surfaces of the teeth that hold the horizontal arches in place. But it has many disadvantages.
1. Plaque is easily collected around these braces, with poor dental hygiene. This leads to permanent staining of teeth and even periodontal diseases.
2. Braces are high maintenance. Brushing and keeping the braces clean are a difficult task. It also requires regular inspection by a dental professional. You should always check if there are any loose or broken parts in the braces.
Invisalign or Clear Aligners
Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear aligners that are placed on the teeth. Whether it's for you or your children, Invisalign manufacturers recommend keeping these devices in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours a day. This means you will just have to remove them to brush your teeth and eat. Taking care of your teeth is easy during treatment with Invisalign because there are no cumbersome devices to work with; Simply floss once a day and brush your teeth as you normally would after meals. After cleaning your teeth, you can clean these aligners by brushing and rinsing them before putting them in your mouth. Frequent cleaning, along with avoiding dark and acidic beverages, ensures that the aligners do not stain. To avoid physical damage to the aligners, be sure to position and remove them carefully, which means that you should never use force or sharp instruments. You should push them in place with your fingertips using equal amounts of pressure in the left and right molars. To remove them, pull gently, starting with the posterior teeth and working forward.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
1. Smile with confidence- People usually do not notice their aligners unless you point them out. They are practically invisible.
2. Faster results- Clear aligners work faster than braces.
3. Convenience: In clear aligners, a series of clear, removable aligners are used to straighten the teeth without the need for wires or brackets. In case of braces, fixed brackets use wires and brackets to move the teeth to a more aligned position. Since this is removable, brushing is easy and helps in keeping good oral hygiene. It is also comfortable in eating any kind of food.
4. In clear aligners, there is no metal involved in treatment. Hence teeth and gums are not irritated. In braces, metal wires and brackets can cause irritation in the mouth.
5. Clear aligners are cheaper. The procedure and materials are cheaper than braces. Since maintenance is easy, it doesn’t require frequent visits to a dental clinic.