When deciding between braces and Invisalign, it can seem a little overwhelming choosing which orthodontic treatment is right for you. To help make this decision easier, it’s beneficial to understand the differences between traditional braces and clear braces like Invisalign, as well as some advantages and disadvantages of each.
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, which are bonded to the front of each tooth, and an archwire, which runs through the brackets and is held in place by small doors on the brackets. Throughout your braces treatment, your orthodontist will regularly change the archwires, the force of which gradually shifts your teeth into their new position.
Traditional braces are often on the less expensive end compared to other forms of treatment, however, they tend to require extra care for the duration of treatment. Due to the metal brackets and wires, some patients experience discomfort, but this is often remedied using dental wax. Braces patients must also avoid eating certain types of foods that can cause damage to metal braces ― hard, sticky, and chewy foods are all off-limits during treatment. Special care must also be taken during brushing and flossing to ensure removal of any food particles and plaque from hard-to-reach places.
Another popular choice among orthodontic patients is Invisalign. Invisalign is a clear aligner system consisting of a series of plastic trays. To create the aligner trays, an initial 3d scan is taken of the patient’s mouth, then, using special software, a series of trays is generated. Each tray in the series is worn for at least 22 hours per day for one week before moving to the next tray in the series. As you progress through the trays, your teeth are gradually shifted into their desired alignment.
These aligners offer many advantages over traditional braces. Because they are made of smooth plastic, they are typically more comfortable to wear, and because they are removed for eating and brushing, you are able to enjoy the foods you always have and oral hygiene remains easy as ever ― just be careful not to misplace your aligner trays while they are removed! You may be surprised at how comparable in price Invisalign is to traditional metal braces.
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If you would like to learn more about braces or Invisalign, or simply have questions about orthodontic treatment in general, please contact one of our three CFSS Orthodontics office locations and we would be happy to help! You can also request an appointment online. We look forward to hearing from you!