Invisalign Vs. Traditional Braces
If you or your child has teeth alignment issues, you probably have various questions about whether it’s better to use traditional braces or Invisalign as your orthodontic option.There are various differences in effectiveness and cost, but we at Ricardo Suarez DD Sunderstand that you would want a treatment that will be effective and suit your lifestyle and pocket too. Here is some information about these two orthodontics treatments.
Traditional Braces and Invisalign Facts
Invisalign was launched in the year 2000. These clear aligner trays are designed to work the way braces do which means they straighten the teeth while improving your smile and overall oral health.
The primary difference between Invisalign and metal braces is the visibility aspect. Braces are made up of metal brackets & wires (or rubber bands) that are affixed to the teeth while Invisalign are clear trays that slide onto the teeth. Most of our patients want to know all the pros and cons of these two treatments and the following information will give some answers.
Traditional braces used to be available only in metal up until a few years ago. However, they are now available in tooth-colored ceramics and clear options as well. In comparison, Invisalign is almost invisible as it’s made from transparent thermoplastic. The custom-made aligner trays worn on the teeth are created using impressions, X-rays and pictures. This helps create a very precise 3D image of your natural teeth and you get aligner trays that are perfectly configured.
Braces or Invisalign? - Which Will Work Best For You?
Both Invisalign and traditional braces will straighten your teeth. However, there are some distinct differences between the two:
- Treatment Duration - Braces are permanent and have to be worn round the clock, for a minimum of two years (depending on your dental condition). Invisalign trays are removable. They are most effective when worn around 20-22 hours a day. The treatment duration is approximately six to 18 months, based on your case.
- The Maintenance Aspect - You’d need to brush your braces every single day using a water pick. In comparison, cleaning the clear trays involves using the Invisalign cleaning system.
- Follow Up Visits - If you opt for traditional braces, you’d have to schedule a monthly visit to your West Covina dentist. Invisalign trays need replacement every two weeks and you’d have to visit your dentist every six weeks.
Traditional Braces- Pros and Cons
- Braces are suitable for more complex dental issues such as crookedness, large gaps in between teeth, major misalignment etc.
- Since they are permanent, there is no temptation to not wear them on certain occasions or days
- There is some restriction to the types of foods you can eat when you have braces assticky and hard foods can become lodged in the brackets and wires
- You may feel a certain amount of discomfort, soreness and pain when the teeth move
- There will likely be some tooth discoloration too
Invisalign Pros and Cons
- They are almost entirely invisible, which means they don’t alter your appearance
- Since you have to remove the clear trays while eating, you can consume all types of foods without worrying about them getting caught in the braces
- No discomfort or chafing
- Maintenance is easy
- Need to be worn for a shorter duration compared to braces
Comparing these two options is quite a tight race. Our dentist encourages patients to get all the information they can about the different treatment options before making a choice. The option you choose will ultimately depend on you or your child’s specific preferences and needs. When you come to us for your orthodontic treatment, we will conduct a thorough assessment of your teeth and provide unbiased advice on which option would be best suited to your condition.
If you need an Invisalign Dentist in West Covina , we have vast expertise in orthodontics and provide custom solutions to our patients.To schedule an appointment or for any queries, feel free to call Ricardo Suarez DDS at (626) 414-5995. You can also send us an email via this online form.