Traditional braces and Invisalign are orthodontic treatments that can be used to address many of the same dental issues; as such, for the most part, these treatments are essentially interchangeable. If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, determining which of these treatments will provide the best overall experience and result requires comparing the pros and cons of each.
Invisalign consists of a series of custom-made, clear aligner trays. Trays are worn continuously — at least 22 hours a day — and are changed out every couple of weeks. The new trays are slightly different from the trays used directly before: These slight variations adjust the teeth.
- Aligners are clear, so they are virtually invisible.
- There are no concerns related to food getting stuck in the aligners.
- No brackets or wires to cause discomfort or pain.
- There are no food restrictions.
- No concerns related to loose wires or broken brackets.
- Aligners protect the teeth from nighttime grinding (i.e., bruxism).
- Aligners must be removed prior to eating and drinking, except when drinking water.
- Users have to be committed to their treatment.
- Teeth must be brushed following each meal or the aligners will become stained.
- Since trays are removed several times a day, they can be misplaced.
- Not a good option for individuals who need complex dental work.
- More expensive than traditional braces.
Braces consist of metal brackets: These brackets are attached to the teeth with glue. Once attached to the teeth, the brackets are tied together with small rubber bands and wires. As time passes, the wires are adjusted to move the teeth.
- Permanently placed until removed by the dentist; therefore, any concerns related to losing trays or lack of discipline are eliminated.
- A better option for complex dental work.
- Several options available, including clear braces and tooth-colored braces.
- Additional cleaning is not necessary, just brush and floss as usual.
- Treatment times are more predictable.
- Pain, irritation, sores and discomfort may be caused by the metal brackets and wires.
- Metal braces require that wearers avoid certain types of food (e.g., sticky foods, corn on the cob, etc.).
- Wearers may have difficulty eating certain foods (e.g., hard foods, etc.).
- Braces can lead to tooth discoloration in the areas where the metal covers the teeth.
- Bad for those who play contact sports.
- Metal braces are not aesthetically pleasing.
- Cleaning around the wires and brackets can be challenging.
If you live in the San Antonio area and you believe that you, or your child need orthodontic treatment, contact Mason Dental Center today. You can use our online form by clicking here or call our office at 210-822-4664 to make an appointment. Let us help you attain the smile you have always wanted.