There are usually a few options for orthodontic treatment. Braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular choices when it comes to straightening teeth, fixing bite problems, and correcting tooth spacing. However, there are significant differences between the two, and many factors determine which treatment is right for you. Below you will find the pros and cons of braces and Invisalign treatment options to help determine the best course of action for straightening your teeth.
Dental braces are used for straightening and aligning teeth using metal brackets and wires. Braces can fix the positioning of teeth, as well as correct bite issues. Braces are the best option if you are dealing with a severe bite problem, or other complex treatment is needed.
Pros of Braces
Fixes complex situations and cases
Doctor has more control over the movement of teeth
Cons of Braces
Metal brackets and wires can poke and irritate mouth
It’s harder to brush and floss well
There are food restrictions (nothing chewy or sticky)
Braces are permanent for the entire treatment phase
Can be socially uncomfortable for adults
There is the potential for decay to occur around bracket or for discoloration of the teeth to occur under brackets
Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces that serves the same function. 3D imaging creates several aligners that are replaced every two weeks to continue moving teeth toward the end goal. Invisalign is mostly used for simple teeth straightening and spacing issues.
Pros of Invisalign
Virtually invisible and can straighten teeth without anyone knowing
Aligners are removable and comfortable
There are no food restrictions meaning you can continue a normal diet
Fewer check-up appointments are involved
No metal brackets or wires to give you mouth sores
Brushing and flossing are easier because the aligner can be removed
Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign is unable to treat complex cases, such as severe bite problems
Doctor has less control over the movement of teeth
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When is comes to choosing an orthodontics treatment, the decision depends mostly on the complexity of your treatment. If you are experiencing severe bite problems, braces might be the best choice. Or if all you need is simple teeth straightening, Invisalign could work for you.