Are Braces Better than Invisalign?
It is common to compare the traditional braces and Invisalign when it comes to teeth straightening, as both options do the same thing, which is straighten your teeth. Which one works better? Which one is more cost-effective? We can’t really answer those questions for you because it is different for everyone, the best option would be the one that works best for you.
Most people love Invisalign but it is certainly not for all. Similarly, braces are not ideal for everyone.
The fact is that neither of these options necessarily work better than the other but both of these options work in different ways, and only you can decide which option is right for you with the help of your orthodontist.
Usually, an orthodontist selects one of the two solutions depending on your teeth, jaw, bite, and case complexity. Before you go and talk to your orthodontist, you should familiarize yourself with both options and how they work so you will have an idea of what the doctor is talking about, which will help you make an informed decision.
Braces feature metal brackets that run along a metallic wire and small rubber bands, and are attached directly to your teeth. You can have brackets that match the color of your enamel, which are called “invisible braces”. They also help in making a style statement. The wire and brackets are gently pressed against the teeth, which will adjust your teeth over 1-3 years, depending on how much work needs to be done.
On the other hand, Invisalign is engineered such that it is invisible after attaching to your teeth. Transparent and small containers of smooth BPA-free plastic are placed over your which will slowly straighten your teeth.
Pros and Cons
Unlike Invisalign, dental braces are irremovable, your orthodonist will recommend braces for you if your teeth need serious adjusting, braces usually work better to treat more serious cases. They also work faster for aligning teeth and closing the gaps while dealing with problematic teeth. Traditional braces assist in fixing bites and restoring a healthy smile. The dental braces are also handy in rectifying bad bites and crooked teeth.
On the other hand, Invisalign is more efficient for triggering uncomplicated movements. A set of computer-generated trays will be given to you, each tray is used for about 2 weeks before you have to remove it and start with the next set. Invisibility is perhaps the biggest benefit of this option, which also gives the treatment its name.
Its other benefits include no difficulty in eating, no risk of food being caught in a tooth, and no discomfort at all, which is sometimes a problem with traditional braces.
Invisalign is for those who do not want anyone to mark their braces and wish to have effective speech. So, it is for those who wish to feel comfortable in social events. It is much more inclined toward the aesthetic purpose.
On the con side, braces are infamous for their discomfort and pain, risk of discoloration, and difficulty in eating hard eatables. On the other hand, the best part about Invisalign is that you can remove the trays from your teeth when you are eating, it is actually required to remove trays when eating. Invisalign can also cause discomfort at first but you will get used to it in a few days. Another downside to Invisalign is that you have to brush and floss after every meal, then you can put the trays back into your mouth.
If you do not like to make frequent dental visits, Invisalign may not be the right option. This is because it involves tray renewal every two weeks, which is much frequent than the brace adjustment required every four weeks.
I hope this guide has informed you a little more about braces and Invisalign, now it is up to you to decide which option is best for you, your orthodontist can help you make the right decision for you.