December 17, 2017
When it comes to realignment, the market consists of two main options. These are either traditional braces or clear aligners. Both of these carry their own attributes, positive and negative, and it can be difficult to know which option is the best. That is, unless your orthodontist conveniently lays them out in front of you.
In this post, we’ll be going over what you can expect with an Invisalign treatment vs. traditional braces and vice versa. The key to making a big decision on your smile is staying informed, so let’s jump right in.
The Pros and Cons of Traditional Braces
Braces have been in dental offices for quite some time now. Most professionals are familiar with the cost and management they entail, so they can provide an accurate picture of what you’ll experience. First, let’s list the pros:
- Traditional braces are the most effective treatment for handling severely crooked teeth or patients with severe over/underbite problems. Currently, no clear aligners can match the effectiveness of braces.
- Your orthodontist has the most control with traditional braces. He can make adjustments to move your teeth in small increments when necessary, so your mouth is always on track.
- Since they are also attached to your teeth, you never have to worry about misplacing them like you might with clear aligners.
Here are a few cons associated with braces:
- Even though clear options are available with traditional braces, they are never quite as hidden as they could be.
- Those who are allergic to metal or other components inside braces will not be able to wear them.
- Food debris easily gets stuck in braces and cleaning them can become more difficult at first.
The Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign has largely risen due to its convenience and effectiveness at fixing crooked teeth and bite problems. Keep in mind these traits when choosing them over braces however, as they are not without their setbacks. First some pros:
- Invisalign reduces the number of orthodontic visits you need to make for adjustments, saving you extra money in the long-term.
- Invisalign’s products are clear, meaning they can easily blend in with the rest of your smile and give you a more professional image.
- They are removable, which means you can and brush exactly how you did before without worry of food debris getting caught.
- They are more comfortable than metal braces, forgoing the brackets and wires for simple plastic.
As great as they sound, they are not without their cons:
- Clear aligners are mainly for mild and moderate crooked teeth, not severe cases.
- Clear aligners are much more fragile than braces and can break if not taken care of.
- If they are misplaced, you risk losing the progress you made, especially if you don’t have access to your orthodontist.
- They are only ideal for teens and adults, as children are still developing and therefore too young to be eligible for Invisalign.
Which One is Right for You?
Those who are young and looking for the most effective treatment for crooked teeth and bite problems will find traditional braces to be the best route. They will provide the most dramatic corrections in your smile. They’ll also be the most manageable for your orthodontist because of the accessible adjustments braces allow.
If you’re an adult or teen, have allergies to metal, and don’t want your alignment treatment to look so visible, Invisalign will satisfy that preference. They are more convenient day-to-day and don’t require as much professional maintenance.
Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist today to learn more on which treatment works best for you!
About the Author
Dr. Scott T. Hornung, DMD, earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst followed by his dental degree from Boston University Dental School. He intends to offer his patients the highest quality, state-of-the-art dental care possible. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (978) 737-7007 or visit his website.
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