Braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular orthodontic systems available today. Braces are the more traditional method, while Invisalign is the more novel choice. Each system has benefits and disadvantages but can produce a brilliant smile.
This blog will distinguish the differences between braces and Invisalign and let you know when using each system is better.
Benefits of Invisalign
Unlike braces, Invisalign has no metal wires or brackets that can rub against sensitive tissues in your mouth.
Invisalign fits flush against your teeth. No one will know that you are straightening your teeth until they start to see results in your smile. Older teens and busy adults appreciate the freedom to straighten their teeth while avoiding unwanted attention.
Faster Than Braces
The length of your orthodontic treatment varies according to the degree of correction needed. Invisalign treatment generally takes about 12 to 18 months, while braces can take 18 months to three years.
Fewer Appointments Required
With braces, patients generally have to visit their orthodontist monthly for adjustments. With Invisalign, patients only have to see the doctor every six weeks.
No Uncomfortable Adjustments
Adjustments, where the orthodontist tightens the archwire, can sometimes feel uncomfortable. Since clear aligners move teeth more gradually, you will feel less discomfort.
No Food Restrictions
Since Invisalign comes out to eat or drink, you can have any food you want. To protect their appliances, braces patients must avoid certain foods like candy, popcorn, and corn on the cob.
Better Oral Health
Invisalign also comes out when it is time to care for your teeth. Braces can make it challenging to care for teeth and affect your oral health if you are not careful to remove every trace of food and plaque around the brackets and wires. Leaving plaque and food on the teeth can lead to decay and gum disease.
Benefits of Braces
Works for All Ages
Traditional braces are better for children who are still growing. Treatment can begin immediately if a child has signs of an early-stage orthodontic problem.
Corrects More Severe Orthodontic Issues
Braces are more versatile when it comes to the orthodontic issues they correct. Braces can correct more serious issues than Invisalign, including severe overbites, underbites, open bites, and crossbites. Braces can also treat patients with impacted canine teeth, exposing these teeth and aligning them with their neighbors.
Braces come in many varieties, including clear, gold, and self-ligating braces. Your orthodontist can help you choose which option works best for your teeth.
Since braces apply more force to your teeth, they can provide a straighter smile than Invisalign.
Braces Stay On 24/7
Some patients, especially younger teens, have difficulty remembering to put their aligners back in after meals and may not want to wear them the required 22 hours per day. Braces stay on, helping teens comply with their treatment.
Call Las Cruces Orthodontics
If you need help deciding between Invisalign and braces, your orthodontist can help. While both systems can produce gorgeous smiles, some patients may get better results from one versus the other. Please call us at 575-640-3367 to schedule a consultation with one of our expert doctors.