Cosmetic dentistry has come a long way, and now there are many different treatments and options for people that want better teeth. One of the most popular and common treatments in the cosmetic dentistry world is straightening teeth. Braces with wires and brackets have been the most widely used in the past, mainly because of its availability to the general public. However, many people are now starting to choose the Invisalign treatment over traditional braces. So, what’s so special about one over the other? Let’s take a look.
The main difference between braces and Invisalign is their form factor. Traditional braces involve gluing brackets directly to a patient’s teeth and using wires of differing tightness to adjust the alignment of the teeth. Invisalign uses clear trays specifically molded to the patient’s teeth to align them. Also, traditional braces are fixed and stationary while Invisalign trays are removable.
Both options are completely viable for most patients, although there are some different benefits to each that may influence which treatment you receive.
The Pros and Cons of Braces
Traditional braces are typically better when it comes to correcting larger issues because of the metal brackets and wires. Braces aren’t only used to correct alignment problems; they can also correct bite issues.
The cost of traditional braces can vary depending on the type of treatment needed, the amount of time required to complete the treatment, and where the brackets are placed on the teeth. And, of course, the biggest concern for many patients is the appearance of metal braces on their teeth for an extended period of time.
The Pros and Cons of Invisalign
The most obvious advantage of using Invisalign is purely aesthetic. Invisalign is a clear tray that is removable, which is typically its most appealing aspect, especially for adult or teenager patients.
Invisalign is used mainly to correct small issues with crooked teeth, so the patient usually doesn’t have to wear them too long, like they would with traditional braces. Most Invisalign treatments will only last six months to a year, which means it can end up being a lot cheaper in the long run. However, if you’re looking to make some big corrections to alignment and bite issues, you will need to look at regular braces.
Making the Right Choice
Every patient is different. The most important thing for anyone facing corrective treatment for their teeth can do is to weigh all the pros and cons of each option. In the end, making the right choice is what matters most. While Invisalign might work well for one patient, traditional braces might work better for someone else. The choice can only be made after the right amount of research has been done.