Braces and Invisalign are the most common dental corrective devices. But, there's always confusion about which one to choose. Both of them are used to bring changes in the alignment of one's teeth by applying pressure on them. Braces consist of bands or wires that go around the teeth while passing through brackets attached to the teeth. They are easily visible.
On the other hand, Invisalign is made up of soft plastic which is transparent. It is worn on the teeth to bring about a change in their position by applying mild pressure. When one needs to choose between braces and Invisalign, here are some of the factors to be taken into consideration:
Appearance: Braces are visible when a person talks or smiles. They are available in different colors. Invisalign is transparent, and the chances of it being noticed are significantly less.
Usability:Braces are non-removable. They may have to be worn between a few months to a couple of years to get the desired result. Invisalign is removable. It has to be worn between 6 to 18 months and almost the entire day to get the desired result.
Follow up:Braces have to be monitored once every month. The changes include tightening or loosening the wires, replacement of brackets if necessary, etc. In comparison, Invisalign trays have to be replaced every two weeks to adapt to the alignment of teeth.
Functionality:Braces can correct even the most complicated dental alignment issues. They are the best option for covering gaps between teeth and repositioning crooked teeth. Invisalign is used to fix only minor misalignment problems. It can't be used to move teeth when the gap is too much.
The speed of obtaining the result: Braces are the best option if one wishes their teeth to be repositioned as soon as possible. Invisalign is an option for people who prefer aesthetics over functionality.
Cost:Braces may cost anywhere between $1500 to $6000. Invisalign usually costs between $3000 to $7000.
Comfort: Braces are less comfortable than Invisalign as they are composed of individual parts, and there's the chance of food getting stuck between them. There's no such issue in Invisalign. Moreover, the chances of one's mouth getting injured are greater with braces than compared to Invisalign.
Malocclusion: Invisalign can't correct extreme malocclusion. Braces are preferred for this purpose.
Movement: Having Invisalign would affect one's movement of jaws. It would feel more like a discomfort. Braces do not affect jaw movement. However, the wires would feel uncomfortable.
Choosing between braces and Invisalign is entirely up to what the person wants. If one is ready to compromise on functionality over aesthetics, then Invisalign would be a good option. However, braces have been proven to provide the best result for dental repositioning. Braces are the best option to bring about changes related to horizontal movement, vertical movement, back tooth bite, and uprighting root movement of teeth. Only an experienced and efficient dentist can give you the correct advice on choosing the right one according to the dental requirement.
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