If you are considering getting braces or Invisalign®, you probably want to get all of the facts before making a decision. Both of these treatments happen to be two of the most popular techniques used to improve the appearance, position and function of your teeth. Invisalign® is a set of clear plastic trays, and traditional braces usually involve the use of metal wires to achieve the same goal.
Reasons to Choose Invisalign®
Invisalign® is an effective option for people who do not need complex repositioning of their teeth. It can work very well for you if you do not have very crooked teeth. Invisalign® braces are a set of clear, computer-created trays. You must wear them 24 hours a day, and you will be given a new set every two weeks. However, you might need to wear some trays for six months to a year.
Most wearers of Invisalign® would agree that its greatest benefit is the fact that it is nearly invisible. It gives you the ability to get straight teeth while most people will never know you are wearing the trays, so you can feel very comfortable during most social situations.
Reasons to Choose Braces
Despite what you might have heard, wearing traditional braces is not nearly as bad as you might think. A typical set of braces is a set of wires and brackets. A trained professional must affix the braces correctly to your teeth. Braces support slight movements and can effectively straighten your teeth.
The greatest benefit of traditional braces is that they can correct even the most complex teeth alignment issues. Most people would argue that traditional braces do not look as good as Invisalign®, but modern braces can be made to look quite good.
Invisalign® vs. Braces
Irremovable braces are usually made of metal wires and brackets, so Invisalign® can look much better because the trays are clear and nearly invisible. Invisalign® is better for people who don’t want anyone noticing they’re wearing something that is meant to straighten their teeth.
Traditional braces must be worn for an average of two years. Invisalign® trays must be worn for six to 18 months on average.
As far as maintenance, both treatments require regular cleaning. Traditional braces can be a bit more difficult to clean and might require the use of a water pick. Braces require a follow up with your orthodontist once a month while Invisalign® requires follow up about every four to six weeks.
At the end of the day, traditional braces are the better solution for complex issues that require some serious tooth straightening power. There is also less temptation to leave braces out because you cannot just remove them. No additional cleaning steps are required. Invisalign® could be the better option for you if you want a solution that is invisible, removable and comfortable.