While they both can improve the appearance and health of your mouth, there is some confusion on the difference between braces and Invisalign. There is a lot of information out there, so it is important to understand the essentials before you choose the option that is best for you.
You’ll note that both Invisalign and braces are designed to help keep your teeth straighter. While Invisalign is a newer approach that was only introduced in 2000, it has still been proven to be as effective as the traditional braces.
Braces themselves are a series of tiny metal brackets that the dentist will glue to your teeth. They are then connected to wires and a series of small rubber bands. Newer brackets are now enamel colored so you are able to have as natural of an appearance as possible.
Invisalign in turn is crafted with BPA plastic that is placed over the teeth. These help to align your teeth and are done with a 3D imaging to determine the best placement and setting of the invisalign aligner trays.
There are some obvious differences to consider. With braces you cannot remove them as needed, and they remain in place for a period of two years. In contrast Invisalign can be removed for a couple hours a day in some cases, and usually only need up to 18 months to work.
Keep in mind your daily activities also matter. If you are in contact sports or have a high probability of impact to the face, then traditional braces might not be the best choice for you. Instead, you may want to consider the Invisalign brand.
Tooth care is critical with either system. While you have to understand is that both offer different options for this. For braces, you need to ensure that you are perfectly brushing all the brackets and wires, in addition to your teeth. This ensures that they don’t break down as the braces begin to work. In contrast, the Invisalign system is as simple as brushing your teeth as normal and using warm water and a cleaning system to help keep the trays in good condition.
Another consideration is the amount of visits required. You’ll need to change the aligner on the Invisalign bi-weekly and will need to go to the dentist at least once a month. Braces just require a monthly visit and occasional tightening as needed.
Braces are often the only choice you have in cases where your teeth are in bad shape. Although you may experience some soreness with traditional braces and certain foods are off limits. With Invisalign, you experience less stress on your teeth and that can be a huge perk. You also have fewer dietary restrictions but you must brush your teeth after each time you eat and reinsert these items in your mouth.
Regardless of the approach you take, remember that both will have their own unique set of pros and cons associated with them. You need to take the time to determine what your unique needs are and to use the option that will work best for your mouth.