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Can You Switch from Braces to Invisalign?

Invisalign and BracesThere’s been a huge boom in adult orthodontics, which is good because it means that many people who hadn’t gotten their teeth straightened as teens are now seeing the cosmetic and functional benefits of straighter teeth.

Sometimes, though, you might find yourself in an unpleasant situation. You start out getting orthodontic treatment with braces, but decide that many of the drawbacks are harder to deal with than you initially thought, and you want to switch to a system that’s free of all the wires and brackets from metal braces.

Why People Dislike Braces

There are no complaints about the functionality of braces–they remain the best way to move your teeth. But many people aren’t happy with some of the other things that come along with braces.

As adults, we think that the visibility of braces isn’t a big deal–we made it past high school, after all. But sometimes it turns out to matter more to us than we thought.

Another thing that can be hard to deal with when you have braces is the diet restrictions. As adults, we’re used to just eating whatever we want, and not being able to satisfy our cravings can turn out to be a big drag. And then there’s the additional time and effort it takes to clean our braces. When your schedule is already busy enough, that might just be the last straw.

And the constant, needling irritation from brackets and wires can be just too much.

Invisalign Might Fit in Better with Your Lifestyle

If you’re one of the people who has a really hard time adapting to braces, Invisalign might be a better choice for you.

You don’t have to worry about everyone noticing your aligners–they aren’t as obvious as metal brackets and wires. You get to eat all the foods you want, and your oral hygiene is just ordinary brushing and flossing. And, of course, there’re no wires or brackets.

There are some inconveniences that come along with Invisalign, though, that you should be aware of. First, although you only have to brush and floss your teeth with INvisalign, you have to do it a lot more often. Every time you take your aligner out to eat or drink, you have to brush and floss before putting your aligners back in.

Also, you should know that it might take a little while to get used to speaking with your aligners in. Once you get adapted, they’re fine, but until then, you might be a little awkward in conversation.

Considering the Option

If you want to consider switching to Invisalign, there are several things we should discuss. First, Invisalign can’t do all the movements that traditional braces can accomplish. If you want to switch to Invisalign, it’s best to get those unique visits out of the way first. In fact, this kind of switch works best if it’s planned from the start, but it can still be managed if we’re trying to switch horses midstream.

Next, consider the cost. It’s a lot more expensive to make the switch midway through than it is to do either from the beginning.

Finally, see if there are better ways for you to cope with the limitations of braces to make sure that there mightn’t be a way that you can deal with some of these nuisances after all and complete your treatment.

If you would like to talk about making this switch, it’s good to talk to a dentist who does both types of braces in Columbus, OH. Please call  for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at The Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Center.

By |August 26th, 2015|Orthodontics|