Choosing Between Different Types of Braces
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between traditional braces and Invisalign? When it comes to appearance, the thought of nearly invisible braces can certainly be appealing. Although both traditional metal braces and Invisalign straighten your teeth, Invisalign offers an invisible appearance, while other braces do not. You may want the option to remove the braces at times for social events or to eat your favorite foods. Different types of braces have to be kept on for different lengths of time. These are all things to consider when it comes to your personal comfort. There are pros and cons to both, so here is a comparison of traditional braces vs. Invisalign.
The Traditional Route: Metal Braces
Many people still prefer to have metal braces. There are both advantages and disadvantages of choosing to go the traditional route.
- The material used is metal, usually silver in color. You can pay extra to have the metal match the color of your teeth.
- You have to wear them 24/7 for about 2 years.
- Certain foods should be avoided.
- You must visit an orthodontist for treatment.
- Some pain or discomfort from the metal brackets may occur.
- You don’t have to worry about taking them on or off.
- You are unable to brush and floss as you normally do.
- They are better for more complex dental problems.
- You have to visit your orthodontist about every 4 to 6 weeks to have the braces tightened.
A New Approach: Invisalign
More and more people are selecting Invisalign over traditional metal braces because the benefits seem to outweigh any disadvantages.
- They are clear, making them nearly invisible.
- They are removable. You only wear them for about a year and for at least 20 hours a day.
- You do have to remove them while eating or drinking, but you don’t have to worry about missing out on your favorite foods or getting food stuck in them.
- There is virtually no discomfort while the trays are in.
- You must brush your teeth after meals to avoid discoloration of your teeth.
- Your daily oral hygiene routine does not change. You can brush and floss like you normally do.
- They are more effective for esthetic purposes and for less complex dental problems.
- They are custom-made out of smooth plastic.
- The cost may be higher than traditional metal braces.
- You must put in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks.
- You can get them in your local dental office.
And the Verdict Is…
Invisalign and metal braces have many differences, but they both serve the same purpose: to straighten your teeth. Both types of braces involve a change in your daily routine, and keep in mind that the success of Invisalign is completely up to you.
Choosing between different types of braces can be overwhelming and should not be taken lightly. If you are having trouble deciding between traditional metal braces and Invisalign, please contact our office to learn more or receive a free consultation at our Invisalign Open House.