Invisalign vs. Braces: Finding the Best Option
When your teeth (or your child’s teeth) require straightening, you know right away that you’re going to have to invest time and money to get the positive results you seek. Today’s dentists have two different solutions that they can recommend, depending on your specific dental condition: traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners.
With braces, metal brackets are glued to teeth and held together by wires and rubber bands. Invisalign, on the other hand, makes use of clear, smooth and BPA-free plastic aligners to correct teeth.
Each option has its own pros and cons, and you’ll have to consider all of them carefully so you can decide on the best one to use for your particular situation.
To help you determine which option is the clear winner in the Invisalign vs. braces debate, provided below are key things you need to know about each one so you can arrive at an informed decision:
- They usually come in silver, but you can pay extra to have them in color or match your enamel color.
- They are not removable and must be worn 24/7 for about two years, so patients can expect results at the end of the treatment period, even for complex dental issues.
- They must be cleaned thoroughly while you brush your teeth, but otherwise no other special cleaning methods are required.
- You must pay follow-up visits every month and once done with the treatment, you may require a positioner or retainer (maybe used only at night).
- Most patients report experiencing pain, discomfort and even sores because of the brackets or wires, or the way the teeth move with braces.
- Some tooth discoloration and even breakage is possible.
- You won’t be able to eat foods that are hard or sticky.
- The clear plastic aligners are designed to be invisible so you won’t have to be self-conscious about your appearance.
- You will need to wear the aligners for 22-24 hours per day, and treatment periods typically fall between 6 and 18 months (depending on the dental issue).
- The aligners have to be brushed and rinsed in lukewarm water after every single meal to prevent staining.
- Visits to the dentist are required every 4 to 6 weeks.
- The aligners can be removed before eating, while engaging in physical activities, and while speaking in public, for greater comfort.
- Some patients may lack the discipline to keep the aligners on for the prescribed amount of time, extending the treatment period.
- They are not ideal for more complex dental issues.
Call Nicholas Dental Care today to determine the ideal dental solution to go with for your individual dental condition.