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The Orthodontics Decision: Braces Or Invisalign?

Dental patients can choose the way they have their teeth straightened. Read below to help you decide on the braces or Invisalign decision. 

Benefits of Traditional Braces

  • Effective for complex cases: Traditional braces can be optimal when treating several different orthodontic issues such as gross misalignment, crowding, and bite issues. They can address complex cases that may not be suitable for other orthodontic treatments.
  • Precise control: With traditional braces, the orthodontist has full control over the tooth movement. They can adjust the wires and brackets to achieve the desired results with great precision.
  • Compliance not required: Unlike removable aligners, traditional braces are fixed to the teeth, so there is no concern about compliance or forgetting to wear them.

Disadvantages of Braces

  • Aesthetic concerns: Traditional braces are visible and may be considered less aesthetically pleasing, especially for adults or individuals concerned about their appearance during treatment.
  • Discomfort and adjustments: The brackets and wires of traditional braces may cause discomfort or irritation in the mouth.
  • Oral hygiene challenges: It can be more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene with traditional braces since they can hinder brushing and flossing. Special care and additional tools are required to clean around the brackets and wires effectively.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Aesthetically appealing: Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic, making them virtually invisible. This feature is particularly attractive to individuals who desire a more discreet orthodontic treatment option.
  • Removable: Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This allows for easier maintenance of oral hygiene and no dietary restrictions during treatment.
  • Comfort and convenience: The aligners are custom-made and smooth, reducing the likelihood of irritation and discomfort. They require fewer visits to the orthodontist for adjustments compared to traditional braces.

Disadvantages of Invisalign

  • Limited to certain cases: Invisalign is not suitable for all orthodontic cases, especially those involving significant tooth movement or complex bite issues. It is more effective for mild to moderate orthodontic problems.
  • Compliance-dependent: Since the aligners are removable, compliance is essential. For successful treatment, the aligners need to be worn for the recommended number of hours per day. 
  • Potential for loss or damage: The aligners can be lost or damaged if not properly cared for. Replacement aligners may incur additional costs and delay treatment progress.

It's important to consult with an orthodontist to determine which treatment option, traditional braces or Invisalign, is most suitable for your specific orthodontic needs. They will evaluate factors such as the complexity of your case, desired outcomes, lifestyle considerations, and personal preferences to recommend the best treatment approach. 

For more information about Invisalign, contact a local company.