Braces or Invisalign…Which Option Should I Choose?

After your orthodontic consultation, you may still be asking yourself what the difference is between Braces and Invisalign, and which option would be best for you. In order to help with your decision making, we have outlined the core differences between the two systems for tooth alignment.

Benefits of Braces:

  • Braces are glued onto the teeth, so it means that they stay on 24/7 and you do not have to worry about removing them. All you need to do is attend your appointments and ensure you are caring for your braces according to the instructions provided.
  • Braces are able to treat multiple orthodontic cases. Braces are able to achieve fantastic results in areas such as closing spaces where extractions have occurred or a patient requires interdisciplinary treatment.
  • Braces come in two types: ceramic and metal. Metal braces are more visible but provide the patient the chance to change colours… Imagine red and green for Christmas or even orange and black for Halloween! Clear braces are a great option if you would like your braces to be less visible as they are made of a ceramic material.

Disadvantages of Braces:

  • They can initially be uncomfortable in the mouth. Whilst you are adjusting to the braces, you may need to use orthodontic wax to cover areas of the braces that may rub against the insides of your mouth.
  • Your visits are generally more regular. Braces require an active force in order to move the teeth, therefore you may need to come in every 8 weeks or less to have your braces adjusted.
  • There are more risks of breakages. If you eat any foods that are particularly hard, you may find that your brackets or wire can break, leading to more visits to the clinic.
  • If you struggle with your oral hygiene, braces may make it more difficult to brush. As there are many areas that can be missed on the teeth, it is important to ensure that your brushing is perfect to prevent any plaque buildup, which could lead to scarring if left untreated.

Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Invisalign is a system of removable aligners; this allows you to remove them to enjoy the foods you love.
  • Invisalign aligners are clear, meaning they are much less noticeable to the general public.
  • As Invisalign is made of a specialised material, it is much more comfortable in the mouth and reduces the risk of ulcers.
  • It is a fantastic option to ensure you are brushing effectively. As Invisalign is removable, you are able to take them off to access all the tooth surfaces and floss between your teeth.
  • Appointments are less frequent as you are keeping track and changing your aligners at home.

Disadvantages of Invisalign:

  • You need to remember to take them in and out before you eat or drink anything. This can be difficult for growing children and teenagers as they may always be eating something!
  • Invisalign aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day in order to achieve results. This means you must be diligent with your aligners if you want to see an improvement in your smile.

In summary, Braces and Invisalign Aligners are both fantastic options for achieving a million-dollar smile. Be sure to choose the one that will fit best into your lifestyle.

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