Everyone wants to have straight teeth and a confident smile. However, it is uncommon to be born with perfectly straight teeth. The 2 main fixes for crooked or unaligned teeth are braces and Invisalign. But, having to choose between braces and Invisalign can be challenging. Although both serve the same purpose, to straighten your teeth, there are many factors that can influence which is the right treatment option for you.
Here is a general guideline highlighting the pros and cons of braces vs Invisalign.
Suitable for anyone
No matter how difficult the case is, braces can be used. Whether you have a full set of crooked teeth or facial issues that need correcting, braces are a possible solution. Braces use flexible wires and elastics to gently move your teeth over time, giving predictable consistent results.
Ideal Results Are Achievable
When you begin a dental treatment plan, you may have an image in your mind of your desired end result. And, that image is definitely possible with braces. Braces have much more control and exert different forces than other methods, like Invisalign, and can align more teeth at once.
Braces work quickly in comparison to others. However, it is important to remember that it can still take 2 years of having braces to get your end result. And since many patients want their results as soon as possible, it makes braces the more desirable treatment.
They are noticeable
Many people struggle with braces since they are apparent. You cannot hide them as easily. This can deter many from getting them due to feelings of self-consciousness. Luckily, nowadays there are options like crystal clear braces as well as gold braces, which are very popular.
Oral Hygiene is more difficult
Brushing and flossing your teeth is more difficult with braces. Due to the wires and braces, it is more time-consuming to properly clean and floss your teeth. And if they are not brushed regularly, plaque can build up around the braces and potentially cause staining and decay on your teeth.
You will need to visit your Orthodontist more frequently with braces. This is simply to check on the progress and adjust the braces as needed. Your Orthodontist will keep track of your progress and alter your treatment plan as needed. Usually, you will need to visit the Orthodontist once a month.
The main reason many gravitate towards Invisalign is that they are not noticeable. It is a clear retainer that can be removed. Many patients feel less self-conscious due to the appearance of Invisalign.
Easier To Clean Your Teeth
Invisalign is removable. This means when you brush and floss your teeth, you can remove them and get a proper brush and floss. You also can remove your Invisalign when eating and drinking, which can help you enjoy your meals.
Comfortable To Wear
Although Invisalign can feel a bit tight at first. They are definitely the more comfortable treatment option. They are custom fitted for a patient’s mouth and will not scratch your cheeks as braces can.
Patients May Not Wear Them
As mentioned, Invisalign is removable. In order for them to work, they need to be worn 20-22 hours a day. For some patients, they may remove them for longer hours or forget to wear them to bed. This can cause issues and delays in the progress.
They Can Be Inconvenient
Unlike braces, you need to remove your Invisalign before having a meal. This can be an inconvenience, especially at dinner parties or lunch meetings.
Invisalign is made with 3D technology. Although the cost can be similar to braces, it tends to become the pricier option. This is something to consider when making your decision.
Ultimately, your dentist will recommend the best treatment plan for your case. It is wise to trust your professionals and work with them to get your desired result.
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