No matter which type of braces you choose to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth, you’re making a big investment. Naturally, you want to evaluate your choices to determine the treatment option that offers the best value as well as optimal results. Until the year 2000, metal braces were the only way to straighten misaligned teeth and correct bite problems. That is the year that Invisalign first came on the market. Invisalign is an alternative method of tooth alignment using clear plastic trays that the patient changes approximately every two weeks. If you are considering getting it, you need to know the Invisalign pros and cons first.
Is Invisalign or Metal Braces the Best Choice for You?
Metal braces are traditionally associated with young teenagers, which is one reason why adults and people in their late teens don’t want to get them. Since Invisalign is clear, it’s not immediately obvious that someone is undergoing orthodontic treatment. However, you must consider several other factors besides appearance. These include:
- Treatment time: Patients with metal braces typically wear them for a minimum of two years. Treatment with Invisalign can be as short as six months or as long as 18 months. Another factor to consider is that patients with metal braces can’t remove them and those with Invisalign must commit to wearing them at least 22 hours a day.
- Cost: Invisalign usually costs more unless the patient wearing traditional braces requires a longer treatment time or has pre-existing dental complications.
- Maintenance and follow-up care: Both options may require patients to avoid certain foods to avoid breakage. Regular brushing, flossing, and rinsing are necessary to ensure good oral health during treatment. Wearers of traditional braces need to visit Cass Dental approximately once per month while Invisalign patients can go up to six weeks between appointments. They also need to remember to change their aligner trays on schedule.
Dr. Mashnouk typically recommends metal braces for more complex cases. Patients who choose Invisalign must be disciplined enough to avoid the temptation to leave them out. Clear braces with plastic trays are not recommended in these situations:
- Back tooth bite problems
- Patients with bridgework in place
- The pre-molars or canines require rotating
- The teeth need to be moved in a vertical pattern
If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, you can expect to enjoy many benefits in addition to the clear appearance of the trays. Since they are removable, you can eat comfortably without having to worry about food getting stuck in a metal bracket. Invisalign braces tend to be more comfortable because you don’t have any wires in your mouth and the trays are smooth.
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