Many people looking to straighten their teeth will wonder whether to choose Invisalign aligners or traditional braces. Both are great ways to make your teeth straighter, neater, and give you an absolutely great smile.
There are however key differences between traditional braces and Invisalign that you should consider when making your decision. Below are a number of the key differences between both choices and how they straighten your teeth in their own way.
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Conventional braces are made up of wires, elastics, and brackets and cannot be easily removed without the assistance of a trained dentist. They are easily noticed by others and can sometimes cause social anxiety in patients and issues with self-esteem.
This is especially true for younger patients and children. Conventional braces are therefore much less discrete than Invisalign aligners.
Braces are also known to be slightly more uncomfortable when it comes to straightening and adjusting teeth. Braces have also been known to make eating feel more painful after a recent adjustment and can cause small abrasions in the mouth.
There are a number of benefits however to choosing braces over Invisalign aligners. Traditional braces are preferred by dentists because they have shown to have better results when it comes to fixing overcrowded teeth, straighten crooked teeth, and adjusting teeth that are sitting at different heights.
Traditional braces are also much more affordable than Invisalign aligners which can affect the choice. This makes braces the most cost-effective choice for patients concerned about cost.
The primary reason most patients choose Invisalign aligners is for their highly discrete nature. They are unlikely to be noticed by anyone who is unaware of their presence and patients report having fewer issues with self-esteem and social anxiety.
Their clear plastic design makes them easily removable and each set is worn for approximately two weeks before needing to be replaced with the next set. The process can take anywhere from just a few months to two years depending on the patient’s needs.
A unique characteristic of these innovative aligners is the software orthodontists use to predict the outcome of the treatment. The software allows the patient to see how much the aligners will improve their teeth and smile which can motivate them to continue orthodontic treatment.
Another benefit of choosing Invisalign over braces is how much more comfortable they are. The common issues of small mouth abrasions and pain eating are nonexistent with these aligners.
Despite this, the adhesive used to keep the Invisalign aligners can become stained over the course of time from wine, coffee, or smoking. This will make the aligners much more noticeable.