Crooked and misaligned teeth is a common dental problem that many people suffer from today. Mostly, the problem is rather cosmetic but there are some that suffer from severe cases which really affects the bone development and overall oral health of the person. Whether the dental problem is severe or simply cosmetic, two dental treatments that can help treat it are braces and invisalign. Both braces and invisalign help to reposition your teeth until they are in correct alignment.
Both of these dental treatments can help treat the same dental problems like irregular bite (over, under, cross), misaligned teeth, crooked teeth, etc. However, there are some differences that can be noted between the two. Today, we are going to take a closer look into these differences and determine which one would be preferable.
First, the most notable difference between the two is their appearance. With metal braces you get brackets made of metal which are attached to each tooth using bonding cement with a single wire fed through each tooth in each row. The metal parts of the braces make it quite visible and you can easily tell when a person is wearing braces. What can make braces even more noticeable is when they have colored bands attached to each bracket making for a more vibrant and personal look.
Invisalign on the other looks completely different. In fact, you might not even notice anything when looking at a person wearing invisalign. This is because the clear aligner used to help reposition teeth used in invisalign is essentially “invisible” giving it its name. The thing to note about invisalign with regards to appearance is how discreet it is making it an ideal choice for those who are too conscious and dislike the idea of having a lot of visible metal parts on one’s teeth.
Appearance aside, you also need to think about what it is like having braces or invisalign, taking note of the experience of people who have worn them.
If we talk about braces, they can be uneasy to wear at first. Having several metal components in your mouth will take some getting used to and every month when the wire is tightened you will be in for an uncomfortable and sometimes painful ordeal. However, feeling pain means that your teeth are actually moving into the right position. Cleaning and maintenance is also something important with braces. You will be using some tools to properly get into the small crevices in the metal components.
If we go to invisalign, the experience is quite different. For one, invisalign does feel a lot more comfortable since the clear aligners are made from plastic resin and are quite smooth in the mouth. What really makes invisalign great is the fact that you can remove the aligners when desired especially before eating or giving a speech so that there will be no hindrance in your mouth.
So if you try to look at the two, you might conclude that invisalign is the better choice. Well it may be but you also need to know that they can cost more and braces are still effective in correcting dental problems.