Metal braces were the only option for patients seeking orthodontic treatment for centuries. Today, however, this could not be further from the truth. Orthodontic advancements have given us more options than ever before in selecting our preferred treatments. But with so many options come confusion. That’s why we’re here to help you sort through some of your options. Which is better for you: Invisalign or traditional metal braces?
There are many factors to consider when deciding between Invisalign and braces. Your choice between clear aligners and traditional fixed braces will be influenced by factors such as cost, treatment time, appearance, and comfort. You may be uncertain between metal braces and aligners treatment.
Invisalign treatment is a series of clear, barely visible, custom-fitted trays aligners, an orthodontic device that corrects crooked teeth. The aligners are specially designed mouthpieces made of medical-grade plastic that apply pressure to teeth, guiding them to the desired position. Clear aligners are a more discrete alternative to traditional metal braces.
The number of aligners required depends on the severity of your teeth and can be changed weekly or fortnightly as directed by your orthodontist.
In general, Invisalign treatment is typically faster than traditional braces as you will be wearing your aligners between 22 and 24 hours per day for six to 18 months. Traditional braces are firmly fixed to your teeth throughout the course of your treatment, which can take up to two years or more. The average duration is between 16 and 18 months.
Both traditional braces and Invisalign are effective methods for straightening teeth while also improving your smile and oral health.
However, Invisalign is thought to be more effective for moderate crowding of the front teeth, whereas traditional braces are thought to be more effective for more severe crowding.
Finally, Invisalign and braces are two distinct approaches to teeth straightening, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
Both braces and Invisalign can help you feel more confident about your smile if you’re self-conscious about it. Which option is better will be determined by a variety of factors that your orthodontist can assess. They will tell you whether it is better for you or your child.
Your orthodontist will be the one to advise you on which treatment is best for you. However, the final decision will be yours.
If you want to learn more about Invisalign, please visit our Invisalign treatment page.Back to Blog
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