Metal braces are the traditional method of correcting teeth misalignment or bite issues. But nowadays, Invisalign is also catching people’s attention.
Invisalign are transparent plastic aligners that are used to treat a malocclusion. These are custom-made according to the patient’s requirement and are opted for by many people. On the other hand, metal braces have been used for treating misaligned teeth for decades. These are made up of metal brackets that are adhered to each tooth and connected using metal wires and plastic bands. Though the primary function of both of them is the same, choosing the better option can be hard.
Comparison Between Invisalign and Metal Braces
Why should you choose Invisalign over metal braces or vise-versa? There are many aspects on which you must compare and decide which is the best option for you or your child. These aspects are:
If the cost of the treatment is a major concern, we suggest you choose metal braces that are inexpensive in comparison to Invisalign. This is because the cost of the Invisalign treatment depends on the number of alignment trays used by you.
If you feel conscious about wearing visible metal braces on your teeth, then Invisalign is a better option for you. Since Invisalign is made up of transparent plastic, they are very difficult to get noticed.
Both Invisalign and metal braces are effective in treating malocclusion. However, in case of severe misalignment, braces are a better option. A minor drawback of Invisalign is that it should be worn for at least 22 hours per day, but patients may not be able to comply with the suggested time that lengthens the total time taken for the complete treatment. Since braces continuously stay on the teeth, there is no such problem with them.
Teeth alignment may not always be comfortable. However, Invisalign tends to be more comfortable than braces as it applies less pressure on the teeth. Also, metal braces can sometimes injure the soft tissues in your mouth, which is not the case with Invisalign since it is made from dental-grade plastic.
Post-treatment consultations are very important in braces as well as Invisalign. It is usually once every month for braces, whereas, for Invisalign, it is after every 4-6 weeks. After your treatment is complete, you will be required to wear retainers to ensure that the aligned teeth stay in position. For Invisalign, you will be required to wear retainers every night, while for braces - a few hours per day.
Invisalign or braces - it all comes down to personal choices. It is important to discuss with our dentist the best and most suitable option, analyze it for yourself, and then make a decision.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Salida, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (209) 732-1123 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.