We all want straight teeth for several reasons; to properly chew food, to talk, and to send bright smiles to the world. Naturally, our teeth are not perfectly aligned. Achieving perfectly aligned teeth is possible through various options. To refine our teeth’ look and work, braces and Invisalign are ideally recommended by dental professionals depending on the level of severity of misalignment.
Dental braces are recommended for those who have a not so complicated misalignment of teeth. This is widely used and is a very popular option for patients who have crooked, over bitten, and under bitten sets of teeth. This is done by installing brackets, molar bands, archwires, and other important components; these put pressures on the teeth gradually putting them into their right positions.
Invisalign brace sometimes called aligner is an orthodontic treatment recently developed to help align and set the teeth flawlessly. This type of brace is custom-made from a thermoplastic material making it invisible as if you are not undergoing any dental corrective work. Slowly, this aligner is forcing your teeth to their correct directions.
If you are having a hard time thinking of what should you opt for between dental braces and Invisalign, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the two for you to consider:
Advantages of Traditional Braces:
- Braces are Useful in all Types of Teeth Straightening
Traditional braces are considered a versatile remedy for a long time. These have been the choice of many mothers for their children due to its century-proven method of straightening all challenging teeth conditions easily. Despite the availability of new dental treatments, this has been the prime option of dental professionals.
- Quite successful among kids as well as impulsive teenagers and adults
The irremovable feature of traditional braces is making kids and impulsive teenagers and adults commit and successfully maintain and take care of their oral health for there is no way to remove them by themselves. This does not interrupt the period of teeth straightening schedule.
- Better options for those with bad tooth alignment.
While other orthodontic treatments will not work for serious and complicated teeth misalignment, traditional braces entirely differ from them. Whatever the level of alignment complication, traditional braces will make it work for you.
- Cost-effective and affordable
Traditional braces work faster and better depending on the condition of your teeth. This enables you to cut-off the amount of money you are going to spend in the whole process of treatment. Among all orthodontic treatments, traditional braces are considered to be less expensive.
Disadvantages Traditional Braces:
Newly installed braces can cause discomfort and pain for patients. The irremovable feature inhibits patients to ease the uncomfortable feeling and pain until they will become used to it. On the other hand, this feeling varies among all first-time braces wearers.
- Difficulty in cleaning
Unlike dentures, traditional braces cannot be removed as it is being mounted thoroughly. The presence of wires and rubbers are making it difficult to brush and to floss. It requires intensive cleaning, care, and maintenance.
- More Frequent Visits To the Dentist
Maintenance, professional cleaning, tightening of wires, and examination are just a few reasons to visit your dentist frequently. These are done to avoid problems and to make sure that you’re on the right way.
- Restrictions On Foods and Drinks
When wearing traditional braces, you will be advised not to eat difficult to crush food; almond nuts, crackers, crunchy vegetables and fruits; sugar-rich snacks; or even your favorite steaks as these might damage the wires and rubbers.
Advantages of Invisalign:
Invisalign is designed to be removed without professional assistance. Although, upon advice, there is a required amount of time to wear it. Nevertheless, it can be removed at any time.
- Comfortable than traditional/metal braces
Aligners are customized that it fits perfectly on you. This feature gives comfort to its wearers. Although traditional braces are also customized, the presence of wires and other components are making patients less comfortable than Invisalign.
- Easier cleaning
A special technique for tooth-brushing and flossing will no longer be required. Aligners are removable and easy to clean; you just have to rinse them with luke-warm water.
Disadvantages of Invisalign:
- Not a good option for complex teeth problems
Aligners are designed to straighten minor and moderate misalignments. This method is not recommended for those with complex cases, traditional braces are suggested instead.
- Expensive than metal braces
The cost of having aligners depends on the complexity of the anomaly and the materials being used. A high-standard and quality material are used making it a little bit expensive.
- Suitable Only In Case Of Moderate Issues
Aligners cover moderate periodontics issues. Alternative effective treatments will be offered in any case you are not eligible to undergo such treatment.
By knowing the advantages and disadvantages of both treatments, you’ll get to understand their suitability. Markham Smile Center dentists offer professional options to straighten your teeth. We consider both procedures depending on your preferences and options. Contact us to hear what treatment is suited for you.