When many people make the decision to have their teeth professionally straightened, they often ask themselves, braces or Invisalign? When weighing the two options, there are multiple factors that come into play.
Metal braces are the most common solution for patients in need of teeth straightening. Today, most braces are much smaller, flatter and more comfortable that they were in the past. When choosing between braces or Invisalign, there are several aspects to consider about the traditional method.
The main advantage of traditional braces is the effectiveness of the treatment. Treatment time with traditional braces is often shorter than it is with other options because the orthodontist is given more control over the brace itself. Traditional braces are also usually less expensive than other teeth straightening options like Invisalign.
One of the biggest disadvantages with traditional braces may be the most obvious. The appearance of those metal brackets is one of the main reasons why people choose not to partake in treatments. This can be especially true for older patients because of the negative reputation that braces sometimes get.
Improvements in dental technology has led to the launch of alternatives in teeth straightening. Invisalign has become a viable option that is a popular alternative to traditional braces, especially with adult patients.
The fact that Invisalign is almost unnoticeable is one of its main attractions. Many prefer Invisalign for oral hygiene reasons as well. All of the metal that makes up traditional braces allows food particles to become trapped in between the teeth. With Invisalign, the trays can be removed for quick and easy cleaning.
Invisalign requires the user to be more disciplined, as the aligner trays will need to be removed when eating and drinking. The main disadvantage to Invisalign is that it is not always suited to all tooth movements. If a patient has crooked or misaligned teeth, they may be required to get treatment to correct this prior to Invisalign treatment.
The decision to straighten your teeth with braces or Invisalign is one that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Learn more about your options from Royal Oak dentist, Dr. Larry Duffield. Call (877) 630-7410 to schedule an appointment.
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