If you have crowded teeth or know somebody who does, you have probably considered orthodontics at some point. This not only improves the look of the teeth but also helps in chewing effectively, as well as in improving your periodontal and oral health. However, when it comes to straightening teeth, there are two main options: Conventional braces or Invisalign.
What exactly are Braces and what is Invisalign?
Braces consist of metal or ceramic brackets cemented to your teeth, and secured with wires and tiny rubber bands. You can get braces that match your enamel color quite closely, so they are more discreet and less visible. However, if you want to flaunt them you can also get rubber bands in different colors to make a fashion statement!
Invisalign on the other hand, has only been around since the year 2000. Invisalign is designed to be “invisible”. Aligner trays are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth while they are worn continuously. These trays are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free, clear plastic. Your aligner trays are configured especially for your teeth by your dentist, who will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise, 3D image of your teeth. Each set of aligners gently guide the teeth into place and is worn for several weeks before moving on to the next in the series. It is essential that they be worn continuously, and removed only when eating and cleaning.
Braces are a more traditional treatment that has been around for a long time while Invisalign is relatively new. Because of this, it does not have the same history as Braces. Both, however, have their pros and cons. In this article, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of Invisalign versus Braces. This will help you and your family make an informed choice.
Pros for Braces
Cons for Braces
Pros for Invisalign
Cons for Invisalign
So, now you know a bit more about both Braces and Invisalign. We, at Grace&Adams refer patients to orthodontists for both options for straightening their teeth. Consult your dentist and research both methods before deciding on either. Rarely do I find a patient not pleased with the final result from their orthodontic treatment plan, regardless of the option they selected!