Comparing Invisalign® and traditional wire and metal bracket braces would be, in a sense, like comparing apples and oranges. Both are different solutions designed to serve different sets of patients. It is true that prior to the arrival of Invisalign® there was only a “one size fits all” solution of traditional braces in the world of cosmetic dentistry. The situation was quite similar to the famous statement Henry Ford had made when he sold his first cars in the market, “The customers can choose any color they want, as long as it is black.”
However, the Invisalign® system has provided patients with an option. Invisalign aligners are completely transparent, which makes them virtually invisible to other people. As a result, the patient’s aesthetic appearance is not compromised at all. The other advantage is the superior comfort and removability of the aligners at the time of eating, drinking or cleaning of the teeth. Many dentists believe that traditional metal braces are harder on the teeth and gum tissues, whereas clear plastic braces are lighter and softer on the gums.
Some studies on the effects of traditional braces have also indicated that over a period of time, these braces do cause root resorption to an extent in many patients. Tooth decay is also more commonly noticed in patients who use traditional braces for a long time. This happens because the traditional braces cannot be removed even while eating or cleaning the teeth. Even at the time of dental exams, the metal braces may cause obstruction and prevent accurate x-ray results. These limitations are entirely avoided with Invisalign® because they are removable during all such activities.
The Invisalign® solution may also be more accurate in terms of design and construction because it involves computerized planning which results in a perfect outcome. Computerized planning and treatment is a key part of the Invisalign® system protocol. Every dentist is not equipped to provide this treatment, and you need to choose only a certified and experienced dentist who is an authority on Invisalign® aligners.