Nowadays, there are several different options for achieving the perfect smile – and metal braces or Invisalign aligners are the two most popular.
If you are considering undergoing long-term dental treatment to get gleaming, straight teeth, but don’t know which method is best, read through our list of pros and cons for each process. Hopefully, by the end of this article, you will have decided which form of teeth alignment is best for you.
The Benefits of Braces
- Metal braces, often referred to as ‘train tracks’, are very effective at correcting the most complicated of tooth alignment issues. They are strong, durable, and will achieve long-lasting results for the patient.
- If you are not keen on having lots of noticeable metal in your mouth, you can now ask for white ceramic braces which are much less visible. These are better for older patients who don’t want a mouth full of metal like a teenager!
- They start working very quickly, though can take up to two years to produce the best result. Some people are lucky and only have them for six months, and in very extreme cases of misaligned teeth, patients can need braces for over two years.
- All orthodontists are trained in inserting and removing braces, and it will not be hard to find a trained orthodontist in your area.
- The main complaint about braces is that they are not the most esthetically-pleasing devices. But, the result will be beautiful if you can put up with them.
- Tightening can hurt and cause patients to live on soft foods for a few days, but this is generally bearable with painkillers.
- They are stuck to the teeth permanently for the entirety of treatment and cannot be removed for eating – meaning you should check your teeth for stuck food particles after lunch!
The Advantages of Invisalign
- Invisalign works best for people with only slight crookedness in tooth alignment – it is not effective for major problems.
- The trays are transparent and molded exactly to your mouth, being barely visible to anyone.
- They can be removed for eating and do not cause much discomfort.
- They are offered by specialist orthodontists like Villa Orthodontics who offer Invisalign braces in Richmond – check to see if your local orthodontist offers Invisalign treatment.
- They are not as effective as permanent metal braces. They’re not permanently fixed to your teeth, so will need to be taken out for eating and drinking anything other than water, giving your teeth chance to relax back to where they were before. (Constant removing and replacing gets tiresome for some people.)
- Regular appointments are needed to make new trays molded uniquely to your mouth, which can take up a lot of your time.
- Trays can get dirty quickly due to plaque buildup and require daily cleaning. They should be cleaned just the same as your teeth, with toothpaste and a toothbrush. However, brushing can tarnish the plastic over time and mean that trays become more visible.
Whichever method you decide to go for is down to the cause of your teeth misalignment and how crooked your teeth are. For example, if you have overcrowding issues and need to have teeth removed and gaps filled, you are likely to need metal (or ceramic) braces as a stronger method of alignment. Braces require the patient to be just that – patient – as the process of correcting badly misaligned teeth can be a long one, usually up to two years.
Invisalign are the perfect solution for people whose teeth just need a little tweaking in order to be perfect. If the space in the mouth is already there, Invisalign trays can push teeth into place easily and quickly. Be warned that the results may not be as permanent as those achieved with metal braces, though. However, if you are after a quick fix, this could be the answer, as most people end up using Invisalign trays for an average length of one year.
Ultimately, consulting with your orthodontist will give you a clearer idea of which treatment method will work best in your case; but we hope this article has given you more information about the differences between each teeth correction method.
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