Invisalign Vs Braces – Which is the better choice?
A beautiful smile is always associated with having straight and well-aligned teeth. With Orthodontics, you can achieve this easily. There are different options in Orthodontics, the oldest being the metal and ceramic braces. However, with the increased aesthetic demands of the population, clear aligners have now come into Orthodontics with Invisalign being the most popular and largest brand in the world.
Before you decide on which option you chose, it would be good to know the advantages and disadvantages of each option and what suits best your lifestyle.
What is Invisalign?
The Invisalign treatment uses a series of clear removable plastic aligners which move your teeth in small steps until the final correct position is reached. These aligners are custom-made for each patient based on a 3D scan or impression of your teeth.
|Appearance||Nearly invisible clear plastic aligners||Visible – even though ceramic braces are more discreet than metal braces|
|Diet Restrictions||No food restrictions – Since it is removable, you can eat anything you want||Has food restrictions – Restricted from hard foods since you may break the brackets|
|Oral Hygiene||Easy to maintain oral hygiene – Easier to brush and floss since it is removable||Requires more effort to use the brush and floss with braces to ensure good oral hygiene|
|Compliance||Highly compliance sensitive – Aligners need to be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours daily for them to be effective||Minimal compliance required since the braces are bonded to your teeth|
|Comfort||More comfortable – The plastic aligners are contoured to fits snuggly around the margins of our teeth and are smooth||Can cause occasional bruises on the cheeks if the wire pokes or a bracket comes off the tooth|
|Dental Office Visits||Fewer visits to your Orthodontist – Emergencies are rare||Emergencies can be more frequent in case of damage to the braces|
|Treatment Type||Some severely complicated cases cannot be treated with Invisalign alone||All cases can be treated using braces|
At Go Dental Clinic, we offer metal, ceramic, Invisalign First, Invisalign Teen and Adult braces to treat every malocclusion. To book a complimentary consultation with our Orthodontist please contact us on +971 4 397 9522