Braces vs Invisalign
Dental Braces vs Invisalign:
Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing; and you can still eat and drink what you want. Also, you can brush and floss normally to maintain healthy gums and teeth; there are no wires, metal or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.
Braces and orthodontic treatment are used to correct “bad bites,” or malocclusion (teeth that are crowded or crooked). In some cases your teeth may be straight, but your upper and lower jaws may not meet properly. These jaw or tooth alignment problems may be inherited or could result from injury, early or late tooth loss, or thumb sucking.
Braces Vs Invisalign – Comparison:
Clearly, in comparing braces vs Invisalign, it’s a tight race. If you’re an adult, or have a teen, who tends to be self-conscious, Invisalign may appeal to you. And the fact that it’s removable so you can eat, drink, brush and floss more naturally, may sound desirable. But if the idea of having to remove your trays for meals or while drinking anything but water seems inconvenient, Invisalign may not be the best solution for you. Plus remember, you should brush after each meal before putting your trays back in, to avoid staining.
Exact success rates for braces vs Invisalign are difficult to find, especially since Invisalign has not been around long enough to gather long-term data. Invisalign success depends almost entirely on the beholder. If you don’t wear them, they won’t work. With braces, you don’t have any choice in the matter!
Lastly, if you need to address issues with your back teeth, need to rotate teeth or move teeth vertically, Invisalign may not even be an option. That’s why it’s critical to enlist a providers, experienced with both braces and Invisalign. Then your orthodontist can recommend the most effective solution to perfect your smile and teeth
Benefits, pros and cons:
If you want to straighten your teeth you must consider the benefits, pros and cons. Here are some differences between braces and invisalign:
- Removable- easier to maintain oral hygiene, can eat what you want, take out for sports and playing instruments
- Virtually Invisible- more aesthetic than metal braces and clear braces
- Comfortable- no wires or brackets against the inside of your mouth
- 3-D simulation- video gives patient an idea of the treatment goal prior to starting treatment and may be a motivating factor
- Fewer Emergencies- no poking wires or broken brackets
- FDA approved material- safe and no concern over metal allergies
- Treatment of choice- for certain malocclusions, it may produce a better result in a shorter amount of time
- Require excellent cooperation- if they aren’t worn as directed, the teeth won’t move
- Require removal for eating- take aligners out for anything but water, followed by brushing or flossing, before replacing aligners
- Cost- may be higher cost for Invisalign than braces (not the case in our office due to Invisalign volume but will differ by provider)
- Transient lisp- whether with brackets or aligners, there is an adjustment period and a slight lisp should be expected at the beginning
- Changing treatment- treatment set once the ClinCheck is accepted. Direction of treatment changed ismedicine – there by new impression and starting again