If you want to correct the alignment of your teeth, choosing between traditional metal braces and Invisalign may be something that you are considering. The most important thing to remember is to ensure that the braces are good for you. Do your research and ask lots of questions so you can choose the right brace to suit your requirements.
Traditional braces are made from metal and they are attached to the teeth with a rubber band and metal wire system. Over time, the metal brackets reposition and straighten your teeth to resolve a range of problems.
Alternatively, Invisalign uses a clear, plastic aligner system which is customised for each patient. Customised products are then created for the patient and they work to move the teeth in tiny amounts until the right position is achieved.
Appearance – One of the main advantages to Invisalign is that they are practically invisible which is great for those who don’t want people to know that they have corrective braces.
Convenience – When an Invisalign brace is fitted it can be removed, unlike traditional braces so you can remove them while you eat. They only need to be worn for between 20 and 22 hours each day. With traditional metal braces you can’t remove them, and some patients say that they are uncomfortable when eating certain types of food.
Commitment – As Invisalign braces can be removed, you have to remember to put them back in to get the benefits of them. If you are someone who regularly forgets to fit your aligners after you have eaten or brushed, you won’t be meeting the required 20 or 22 hours a day. This is one of the main reasons why Invisalign can fail and some patients prefer traditional braces for this reason.
Convenience – While Invisalign can be great in that they can be removed, taking them out can take time at the start and be a little inconvenient when you have to remove them.
Brushing your Teeth – When you have traditional braces it can be quite difficult brushing your teeth properly. If you don’t brush correctly you could risk plaque building up which can lead to decay and cavities.
Food Choices – With metal braces you do have to be careful with what food choices you make because sticky or hard foods can result in the arch wire breaking or the bracket coming loose. If the braces continue to break this could result in your treatment being longer than expected.
There are many things to consider when choosing braces, it’s often just down to personal preference and which one fits you better.