Braces vs Invisalign

Female comparing Invisalign with traditional dental braces

Many ask us what are better, braces or Invisalign?

Both braces and Invisalign can help straighten teeth and improve your smile, they each have pros and cons.

Appearance

Invisalign is clear, almost invisible making it a good choice for individuals looking for getting an orthodontic treatment but concerned about the appearance of the braces affecting their social life. Traditional braces are available in both metal (silver) and ceramic (tooth-coloured)

Treatment Time

Braces are non-removable and depending on patient needs, takes 6-24 months for the treatment to complete. Invisalign are removable and are to be worn 22-24 hrs/day and the treatment period varies from 6-16 months, depending on patient needs.

Oral hygiene maintenance

Brackets and wires are to be regularly cleaned while brushing teeth. Invisalign can be cleaned by taking them out and simply rinsing in lukewarm water. No issues with food getting caught, no facing difficulty while eating or discomfort from wires.

Follow-up visits

Braces require follow-up visits about every month for adjustments whereas aligner trays are changed every 2 weeks requiring visits every 4 to 6 weeks. Invisalign are better suited for mild corrections.

Patient experience

During the initial few months, patients might experience some pain, sores, or discomfort from wires, brackets, or tooth movement.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is an efficient method for tooth movements that are not too complicated, making it an excellent treatment option for mild to moderate tooth alignment. A set of clear, customised trays is ideally worn 24 hours a day with change-outs every 2 weeks. Any orthodontic treatment requires some form of retention to prevent the teeth from shifting back at the end of the treatment. These aligner trays are relatively invisible making them ideal for people who simply don’t want anyone to know they are wearing braces and to obtain straight teeth while still feeling comfortable in social situations. Invisalign may affect your speech but tongue is a string muscle and will get used to them quickly . Invisalign treatment works more efficiently for aesthetic purposes rather than improving the functionality of the teeth, making the people having complex dental problems, still prefer dental braces.

Benefits of dental braces

The main advantage of braces is the fact that they do not rely on patient’s compliance. Dental braces are affixed to the teeth with a wire running through it. The wire and brackets that form part of the braces support slight movements that can help in properly aligning and straightening the teeth.

Dental braces can correct even the most complicated issues required to align teeth. These are beneficial in correcting bite issues, and aligning crooked teeth. Dental braces are better suited for complex cases.

Are braces better than Invisalign?

The answer to one of the most asked questions is that ultimately it depends on the specific need in each case and deciding which one will meet that need in the best way for you.

How painful is Invisalign?

Although Aligners are quite comfortable, you can at times experience some discomfort from the aligners and any buttons or attachments that are adhered to your teeth. Until your mouth gets used to the aligners, you can use ortho wax, over the counter pain relief medication or topical numbing ointment for temporary pain relief to mitigate Invisalign pain.

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