When it comes to getting your dream smile, traditional braces and Invisalign are both popular options. But is one better than the other? Well, both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your overall oral health. However, both these orthodontic treatments are different from each other and have their own set of advantages and disadvantages; making it a tough decision for many patients, as both offer amazing results.
At Freedom Dental, we know making a decision can be difficult, that’s why we’ve put together a list of things you should know about both orthodontic treatments. So if you’re constantly weighing up whether to get braces or Invisalign then keep reading on, and find out what both have to offer.
Braces vs. Invisalign: What’s the difference?
Traditional braces and Invisalign both work towards giving you the same result- straight teeth and improved oral health. So what makes them different? Well, the key differences of these treatments lie within the process of how they straighten your teeth. Therefore, deciding which is better for you will depend on your personal needs and preferences.
Braces : Braces are commonly made of metal and are glued to the enamel of each tooth. Metal wires are then attached between these metal brackets to help mould and shape your teeth over time. Patients can choose from multiple colours, and can sometimes be made the same colour as your enamel, so they’re less noticeable.
Invisalign: On the other hand, Invisalign is designed to be invisible and uses aligner trays made of BPA-free clear plastic to subtly and gently move your teeth over time. Your provider will use X-rays, pictures and impressions to create a 3-D image of your teeth to configure the aligner trays appropriately.
Benefits of Braces:
Irremovable: Traditional braces are glued to the enamel of each tooth, which means there is no way they can be removed. This is good for patients who can’t commit to wearing Invisalign trays all the time, or don’t want to have to change their trays frequently.
Cleaning: Cleaning teeth with braces requires regular brushing and flossing, just like you would without them. It may be helpful to keep floss, or an interdental brush handy during the day- as food can easily get stuck between the brackets.
Follow up visits: Commonly, patients that have traditional braces will visit their provider every month for a check-up. During these check-ups, your provider will see how your teeth are shifting and may adjust the wires accordingly. On some occasions your provider may change your aligners weekly.
After-care: Once your treatment has been completed, a positioner or retainer will be used to keep the teeth in form. The Positioner or retainer will likely be needed ongoing, maybe only at night.
Effectiveness: Traditional braces are generally very effective in realigning crooked teeth and helping correct improperly positioned jaws. Therefore, patients with more complex dental issues may want to consider traditional metal braces over Invisalign.
Benefits of Invisalign:
Removable: The biggest benefit of Invisalign is that the aligner trays can be removed, allowing you to eat and drink without worrying about getting food stuck.
Appearance: Another great advantage of Invisalign is that the trays are virtually invisible, which means many people may not even notice you’re wearing them. This can be great for teens or adults that are wanting to straighten their teeth without people noticing.
Treatment time: Invisalign trays should be worn for 22-24 hours a day for 6-18 months, depending on the patient’s needs.
Cleaning: Invisalign trays are extremely easy to clean and can be cleaned with an Invisalign cleaning system or by brushing and rinsing in lukewarm water. This should be done after you eat or drink anything besides water, and at morning and night.
Follow up visits: Patients on the Invisalign treatment should visit their provider every 4-6 weeks. And the aligning trays should be changed every 2 weeks to keep your teeth moving at a gradual pace.
Effectiveness: The more often you wear your aligners, the more effective the treatment will be. For them to be most effective, patients will have to wear them for 22-24 hours each day. Removing aligners or not wearing them often enough will make the treatment longer and less effective.
How To Make The Right Decision
There’s a lot to consider when you are deciding on orthodontic treatment, as there are both positives and negatives for each option. Ultimately, the decision for traditional braces or Invisalign comes down to you. If the appearance of braces has been holding you back from a straighter smile, then Invisalign could be a great option for you. Or if you feel you don’t have enough self-discipline to wear Invisalign aligners, then traditional braces would be the ideal option.
At Freedom Dental, we offer both of these treatments and encourage our clients to ask questions before deciding. That way our professionals can help you with your decision, and you can get an expert opinion on which treatment would be best suited to you and your teeth.
If you want a healthy and beautiful smile but you’re still unsure on which treatment to go with then call our friendly team on 03 9828 3888 and make an appointment at our dental clinic near Melbourne CBD. Our professionals will be able to assess your needs and requirements, and suggest which treatment will get the results you want!