West Queens Orthodontist Guide
INVISALIGN VS. TRADITIONAL BRACES: WHAT TO PICK
Thanks to advances in orthodontics, there are so many ways to achieve the perfect smile. Invisalign and traditional braces can both correct misaligned teeth. Find out more about the pros and cons of each treatment in this article!
BENEFITS OF INVISALIGN
Many people who need braces are worried about how they will look during the treatment. Self-conscious teenagers don’t want the additional attention of metal braces; adults worry that wearing braces may make them look younger than they really are. Invisalign solves that problem because it is (as the name suggests) practically invisible.
Invisalign are translucent braces that are only noticeable if you’re actually talking to someone face to face. Even in casual conversation, they’re so unobtrusive that others forget that you’re even wearing them.
Invisalign are not just invisible; they’re also removable. They’re like trays that you can remove when you need to eat or brush your teeth. That eliminates the extra challenge of cleaning around metal brackets or getting food stuck into the brackets. You can brush or floss your teeth the way you normally would. All you have to do is take off your aligners and you can go about your usual dental hygiene routine.
Since Invisalign is removable you also have the option of taking them off when you want to eat hard or chewy food like corn on the cob or caramel candy.
Furthermore, Invisalign is made of a plastic material that doesn’t accidentally catch or scrape against your gums or cheeks. Anyone who’s ever worn braces knows the pain of having inner mouth sores from those sharp metal brackets!
BENEFITS OF TRADITIONAL BRACES
There are some dental conditions that can’t be corrected with Invisalign, or which your orthodontist may prefer to treat with traditional braces. That’s because traditional braces have been tried and tested; millions of people have gone through this, and seen amazing results. Depending on your case, your orthodontist may see problems or issues that is safer to treat with a more “reliable” dental technology. Furthermore, traditional braces allows orthodontists to tighten or adjust the pressure in a very systematic and specific way. That’s why traditional braces can actually show faster results than Invisalign.
But don’t worry: traditional braces have come a long way in the last few decades. You can even get ceramic braces instead of metal braces. These are closer to the color of your teeth, and while they’re not invisible they’re certainly not going to call any attention.
Unfortunately, you can’t remove these braces the way you can with Invisalign. But for many dentists, this is actually a benefit. Some people don’t wear their Invisalign braces as often as they should, which unnecessarily prolongs their treatment.
SHOULD YOU GET INVISALIGN OR BRACES?
Invisalign is generally recommended for mild teeth alignment and orthodontic cases among adults who are willing to take partial responsibility for using them properly. They’re also ideal for people who need teeth alignment but are worried about how braces will affect their career, confidence or lifestyle.
Traditional braces are recommended for young children and for more serious or specialized orthodontic cases. While there are challenges with oral hygiene, your orthodontist can show you the best way to brush and floss with braces.
Discuss your options with your orthodontist to find out which is the best mode of treatment for your particular case.