Are you tired of having crooked teeth? If so, you may know the two choices for most people are Invisalign and regular braces. Both are designed to improve your oral health and your smile while straightening your teeth. So, how do you decide which is best for you? Let’s take a look at both and help you decide.
Braces are the oldest option. They are made of metal and are glued to your teeth. Then, they are tied together with a network of wires and rubber bands. They are silver but you can also choose to have them made in colours that are close to that of your enamel. This makes them more discreet than they once were but they still tend to “show” for as long as you are using them.
Typically, you will wear braces for about two years, 24/7, 365 days a year. When brushing your teeth, you will brush the brackets and wires, too. You will need follow up visits to the dentist about once a month. When your braces come off, you may need a positioner or a retainer in the beginning but you will probably only wear it at night.
Advantages of Braces
If your teeth have complex or extreme issues, braces are usually more effective. Because they are left in 24/7, they are a “set it and forget it” solution. There is no risk of losing them, damaging them or forgetting to put them back in your mouth. Braces are cleaned by regular brushing of teeth. There is no extra work. Also, they are usually less expensive than Invisalign.
Disadvantages of Braces
Braces tend to be painful for some due to the brackets, wires and the movement of teeth. Your teeth can occasionally become discoloured or even broken from braces. Foods that are hard or sticky may be difficult to eat.
Invisalign are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free soft plastic. They fit over your teeth and move them more slowly and subtly than braces. Invisalign are worn for 22-24 hours a day and usually are needed for 6-18 months, depending on how big your problems are. To clean your Invisalign invisible braces, you can use an Invisalign cleaning system or you can brush and rinse them in tepid water.
Invisalign aligner trays are changed out every 2 weeks, with visits to the dentist every 4-6 weeks. As with braces, you may need a retainer or a positioner as a follow-up but usually only at night. Invisalign usually costs more than standard braces.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign invisible braces can be removed for cleaning. They are invisible, which most people really like. Because they aren’t in your mouth while you eat, no food gets caught on them the way it does on standard braces. This means there are virtually no problems when eating with Invisalign and there is no discomfort from brackets or wires.
Disadvantages of Invisalign
Invisalign does often produce discomfort from the movement of teeth. It is unavoidable no matter which product you use. They do need to be removed before you eat or drink anything except water. To avoid staining, you have to brush after every meal before putting them back on.
Invisalign or Braces: How to Decide
There are cases where you shouldn’t do one or the other. If you play a contact sport on a regular basis, you should avoid braces because they can cut the inside of your mouth.
There are a lot of contraindications for Invisalign. You should avoid Invisalign if you have bridgework, bite issues in your back teeth, a need to rotate premolars or canines, or if you are lacking in the memory or discipline to keep them in twenty-two hours a day.
If you have to rotate premolars or canines, or move your teeth vertically, Invisalign won’t work for you.
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At 1300 Great Smile, we will help you make the right decision on what is the best option for straightening your teeth. To learn more or to make an appointment, call us today:(08) 9404 9500