Are you considering treatment options to straighten your or your kid’s teeth? Want to make your teeth sparkle?
Then you must have come across the two most common terms used in this context: Invisalign and braces. True, both treatments straighten teeth, improve a smile, and enhance oral health. But you need the right information to figure out which is the right option for you. Which one of these treatment options are more effective, more affordable, and long-term? More importantly, which treatment suits your requirements?
This blog will answer the questions mentioned above and then some so that you can come to the right conclusion.
Invisalign are invisible aligner trays composed of BPA-free, comfortable, and smooth plastic. They are worn over teeth to push them back into place gently and subtly. These aligner trays are computer-generated and customized to every person’s unique teeth. Invisalign are created using pictures, x-rays, and impressions.
- Invisalign can be removed easily for cleaning and other purposes
- You can eat anything you want while wearing aligner trays. There are no food restrictions, unlike braces
- BPA-free plastic liners used in Invisalign are free of toxins
- Invisalign is not suitable for patients who have back tooth bite problems, bridgework, the need to push teeth vertically or the requirement to rotate premolars or canines
- It requires more self-discipline; as you have to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day
This teeth straightening treatment involves gluing resin or metal brackets to the teeth, which are held up by small rubber bands and wires. Metal brackets used in braces are generally silver and easily visible. However, these days the color of the brackets can be closely matched to that of your enamel to give a comparatively discrete look. You can even get braces in the color of your enamel to make a style statement with your teeth.
- Since you can’t take out braces on your own, you won’t have to fight the temptation to take them out
- Cleaning braces require just brushing and flossing, no additional steps
- Braces are not suitable for people who play rough contact sports
- You may have trouble cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, due to which your teeth can wear out, develop stains, and turn yellow
Invisalign vs. braces: how to make the right choice
Even though both Invisalign and braces can straighten your teeth and improve your smile, the right treatment for you depends on various factors. The chart mentioned below will help you compare both options and find out which one is right for you.
|Appearance||Their transparent material and fitted form makes them hardly visible||They use wires and metal brackets, which are instantly visible in an open mouth|
|Duration of the treatment||You need to wear Invisalign for 22 to 24 hours/day for 6 to 8 months (may vary concerning the patient’s needs)||You need to wear braces the entire day for almost 2 years (may differ as per the patient’s needs)|
|Follow up check-ups||Aligner trays should be changed after every 2 weeks and follow up visits should be made after 4 to 6 weeks||Once a month|
|Post-treatment||You may need to wear retainer or positioner on an ongoing basis, most likely at night|
|Cost||Teeth straightening treatment through Invisalign is expensive||Braces cost comparatively less than Invisalign|
|Alignment complications||Invisalign are ideal for making subtle changes to the teeth like slight straightening or minor movements. They aren’t recommended for major orthodontic issues||Braces are a useful and fast treatment option for turned teeth, significant gaps, or overcrowding|
|Comfort level||Aligner trays for every patient are personalized, and they move teeth gently; therefore, making them slightly more comfortable||Secure brackets and metal wires in braces put more pressure on the teeth, causing more friction and consequently more discomfort|
|Speech||Initially, you may experience difficulty in talking or a slight lisp. But once your tongue gets used to the new material, your speech will be back to normal|
|Hygiene||You must brush your teeth before putting on Invisalign trays, and take them out when eating or drinking to prevent stains. Plus, the trays need to be placed in Invisalign solutions for regular cleaning||Food particles can get stuck in the metal of the brackets and wires. Therefore, you need to be careful when brushing and flossing. Also, you might have to avoid certain foods like apples, gum, or popcorn to prevent them from getting stuck in braces|
Consider all the factors before deciding which treatment option best fulfills your requirements. Both these treatments are a long-term investment. So, don’t hesitate to consult one of the orthodontists nearby and get an expert’s option. If you live in Mesa, Arizona, get in touch with Advanced Orthodontics to get a free consultation. Your pearly whites deserve the best!