Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
Contemporary orthodontic treatments are designed to be unobtrusive and practical. We are fortunate to have many effective options to straighten teeth and correct alignments. The two most popular are Invisalign and traditional braces.
Invisalign and traditional metal braces each have distinct advantages. Now there are non-metal, tooth colored options that make braces less obvious, regardless of age. The goal is an improved bite, reduced wear on the teeth, improved dental hygiene, and a healthy, confident smile.
Which is best for you can only be determined by a board-certified orthodontist who has the training, experience and expertise to offer you the options that will help you achieve your goals.
Invisalign’s clear trays are discreet, removable, easier to keep clean and comfortable. But Invisalign treatment requires commitment and may not produce the desired results if the patient is a teen who is busy with school and is less mature and responsible. Aligners can be easily misplaced or dropped when removed to eat while braces are permanently attached to your teeth, so they work around the clock. Also, teens oral anatomy can change rapidly, and braces can be adjusted quickly to account for these changes.
Invisalign treatment is easily integrated into your lifestyle. You can remove the aligner and eat out without concern about cleaning your teeth. Invisalign is much more discreet, and can reduce the social, professional and personal embarrassment of metal mouth.
Invisalign offers a significant advantage for young and older adults who had metal braces in the past and didn’t wear their retainers, causing the teeth to return to their crooked positions. Invisalign can provide a needed touchup. For adults who have never had metal braces, Invisalign can correct crowding, crooked teeth and poor occlusion without the embarrassment of metal braces. Patients who work in a visible role interacting with the public can eat out with confidence, or speak in public without concern for trapped food, and the need to clean out their braces.
Adults can commit to wearing the aligners 20-22 hours a day and be responsible to change out aligners every two weeks. Total treatment time is from 9-15 months
Traditional braces are effective and reliable. Made of high-quality stainless steel they are strong and durable. They are fixed and provide excellent control over tooth movement. Compliance is not an issue. And, metal braces are more cost-effective. Total treatment time is 18-24 months.
Metal braces move the teeth at the root first, then the crowns. Invisalign cannot achieve this type of tooth movement as effectively. Metal braces are the best choice for fixing severely rotated teeth.
Modern braces are smaller and more comfortable than ever. Metal braces are a better choice for patients with complex dental issues. Braces are more functional and efficient. They work faster to straighten the teeth and close significant gaps.
Your orthodontist monitors your progress and makes necessary adjustments to assure the best results. Traditional braces require regular monthly visits to the orthodontist to adjust tightness. Adjustment can be uncomfortable.
The downsides include mouth irritation, and the need to be extra efficient at cleaning your teeth.
The decision about whether to choose metal braces or clear aligners is personal based on your goals and your needs. Talk to the experts at Sphinx Orthodontics. We will help you make the right choice for you.