Thinking of getting the smile of your dreams? Ceramic braces and Invisalign are popular orthodontic treatments used for teeth straightening. The choice between Invisalign and braces depends on various factors, including the recommendation of your orthodontist. Both treatments are a great way to achieve a beautiful, long lasting smile.
When choosing between Invisalign and braces, the choice is often guided by factors such as age, lifestyle, and level of correction. Learn more about the benefits of each treatment below.
Braces and Invisalign Treatment: How They Work
Invisalign aligners and braces are treatments for protruding, crowded, or crooked teeth (malocclusion). The two treatments work to realign the jaw and teeth by exerting pressure on the crooked teeth guiding them to the correct position.
Ceramic braces consist of wire & ceramic brackets fitted and attached to the teeth. Invisalign is a popular brand of clear aligners used to straighten crooked teeth. Invisalign is custom-made for each patient’s mouth and is molded from medical-grade plastic. Invisalign is a discreet alternative to ceramic braces.
Let’s examine some benefits of Invisalign and braces to assess which procedure suits the needs of different patients.
Comparing Ceramic Braces vs. Invisalign
Braces and Invisalign have the same function in teeth correction and alignment. The following benefits compare the slight differences between the two procedures:
Benefits and Differences Between Ceramic Braces and Invisalign
Ceramic braces are often thought to be a bit more uncomfortable when compared to Invisalign, especially during the first few weeks of treatment as the patient’s mouth gets used to the orthodontic appliance.
Aligners such as Invisalign can also be slightly uncomfortable, and patients may experience excessive salivation and speech impediment during the first week or so of treatment. After a while though, your mouth will get used to both braces and Invisalign.
Braces are made of small brackets attached to wires fitted with bands of ceramic, metal, or other material. Braces can be clear, silver, or in various colors.
Most people opt for and prefer Invisalign because of its aesthetic appearance. Clear aligners are discreet, custom-made, and almost unnoticeable, making them a good choice for boosting the confidence of orthodontic patients.
Ease of Treatment and Straightening
Braces and Invisalign are both great orthodontic treatments for teeth straightening.
Invisalign is mainly used in treating mild or moderate dental corrections. Braces are used most effectively in complex straightening orthodontic cases such as significant gaps, rotating teeth, and severe crowding.
Dental patients typically wear Invisalign for 12 to 18 months, although some patients may only use them for six months. Braces are typically worn for one to two years, and the length of wearing depends on individual cases. Always consult your orthodontist to understand the best option for your smile.
Braces can be uncomfortable when eating certain foods such as popcorn, carrots, apples, and nuts. Sticky foods tend to stick or damage the brace brackets. These foods are a recommended stay-away for those wearing braces. Alternatively, clear aligners are removable during eating and drinking. Invisalign requires brushing and flossing before wearing them to avoid tooth decay.
Cleaning and Care
Any orthodontic treatment requires proper oral care to avoid tooth decay. Always ensure you brush and floss after every meal when wearing braces. Clear aligners can produce fewer cavities and gum problems, including less tooth decay. For Invisalign, wash the aligner with the provided cleaning solution from your orthodontist to prevent calcium and bacteria buildup.
Which Treatment Option is Better for You?
Both braces and Invisalign can straighten your crooked teeth and improve your smile for misalignments. If you’re self-conscious, braces might not be ideal, and discreet aligners may be preferable.
Whatever you choose, remember to practice good oral hygiene and take care of your treatment as advised by your orthodontist.
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