I have often been asked why I chose to get metal braces instead of going ahead with Invisalign. Most of the people asking have been Invisalign patients at the office. Invisalign is an excellent option and is definitely one of the more popular options in our office for patients at MCO Orthodontics, due to Dr. Tam's expertise.
As you see in the picture above, Invisalign is portrayed as a better option. Being more comfortable, virtually invisible, and easier to keep clean. These are extremely attractive features with Invisalign.
The reason why I went for braces is that I don't mind the look of the braces or the feel of them. With Invisalign, you have to consciously remove the trays (called aligners) to eat and to drink anything but water. I tend to snack a lot and I am constantly on the go. I didn't want to think about removing the aligners every time I wanted to drink something or when I go to an event. I still brush and floss after eating, but I don't have to do it right afterwards. It is crucial for Invisalign to be on the teeth for 22 hours a day. However, braces are on 24 hours a day and I didn't want to think about them as much. The most important thing is knowing how to keep them clean, which as a Dental Hygienist, I know how to do! I also always wanted braces since I was a teenager, but did not have the benefit of getting them. Eating with braces is not as limited as people think. I can still eat anything I want, but I'm careful with them. Again, most people at my stage of life will want Invisalign, and it's an excellent choice, but working in an orthodontic office around braces makes it easier for me to get them also :).
One of our Dental Hygienist's named Isha is currently going through treatment with Invisalign! You should also check out her Inviaslign blog because she definitely didn't want braces and is extremely happy with her Invisalign. As for myself, I am incredibly happy with my decision to go with the metal braces and love my new MCO smile so far!