Choosing between Invisalign or traditional braces has a lot to do with where you are in your life. With the invisibility of Invisalign, a person would want this type of braces when they have reached adulthood, or if they are in a line of work that involves frequent “face time”.
Braces and Invisalign both work to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth. They will straighten the teeth, and put them into proper alignment, improving their function and the health of the individual. Braces will also correct bite issues that can be corrected with this type of treatment. Invisalign is clear plastic trays, created to gradually correct the teeth over a period of eighteen months to two years. Traditional braces use metal wires and metal brackets on the teeth to straighten them.
Invisalign is a better tool for simple, less complicated adjustments. The trays are computer-generated, which should be worn for 24-hours a day, for best results. Changes should be made every two weeks, moving through the trays until treatment is completed. There are specific trays in the plan that can last for six months to a year, but a retention tray will be needed to prevent teeth from shifting back to their original position. Invisalign trays do not affect your speech, and allow you to still socialize comfortably in situations that require frequent smiling and speaking.
Traditional braces are best for more complicated dental issues. These are used to make minute changes to the structure of the teeth gradually. Again, these do require brackets on your teeth, and the maintaining dental hygiene is imperative. You will need to keep your bi-annual cleanings and follow the instructions for flossing and brushing to prevent tooth decay occurring under the wires and around the edges of the brackets.
Traditional braces are not typically as aesthetically pleasing as Invisalign trays. Remember the kids you went to school with that had the nickname “metal mouth”? This was because that’s what the braces made their mouths look like they were filled with metal. And, typically that’s what it is. The plastic brackets used occasionally in traditional braces are much better. Certain foods, especially those with red dye, and teas and coffees, tend to stain the plastic brackets, discoloring the mouth and showing everyone that sees your smile exactly what you’ve had to eat or drink.
There are many reasons you will want to choose Invisalign over traditional braces. However, if you have a complex case of dental issues, the Invisalign may not work for you. More complex cases of dental issues require the traditional braces, despite your preference. Traditional braces tend to be more effective as the brackets are not removable and the treatment is working on your teeth no matter what the social situation. Closing gaps and aligning the teeth also occur faster, though you will still have to wear a retention piece to ensure that your teeth do not move again after the braces are removed. The retention piece is required for a prescribed amount of time, that your dentist will describe to you at the end of your treatment.
The decision between Invisalign and traditional braces comes to a preference for you, as well as the recommended treatment from your dentist. This is a decision you should discuss with your dentist in detail, as he may have seen something that Invisalign will not be able to handle. You are investing a good deal of money into your dental realignment, so you want to make sure that you get the best treatment and do not need additional treatment later. Talk to your dentist today about the choice that would work best for you and your dental issues.