People with dental problems can have their teeth treated in different ways. The two dental treatments that we will talk about now involve metal braces and clear Invisalign aligners. Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign are able to correct a number of dental problems like misaligned teeth, crookedness, bite problems, and more. If you or your kid has some form of dental problems, you may be considering getting one. But since both dental devices are capable of treating dental problems, which one will you go for?
What are the differences between traditional metal braces and clear Invisalign aligners? Ultimately, it comes down to convenience, budget, personal preference, and more. Let’s try comparing traditional metal braces and clear Invisalign aligners.
First off, let’s talk about traditional metal braces. Now metal braces are considered the more traditional treatment option to help correct a person’s dental problem. Braces make use of metal brackets and metal wires. The brackets are actually cemented on to the teeth of the patient while the metal wire is being threaded through each of the brackets. The dentist or orthodontist will then tighten the wire which pulls the brackets helping facilitate the movement of the teeth into the right direction.
The metal brackets of the braces can be fitted with colored rubber bands to help make the braces look more fun. Each month when the patient visits the dentist to have the braces tightened, he can choose from different colors to put on the braces.
Now let’s talk about Invisalign. This dental device gets its name from the fact that it uses clear aligners which are practically invisible. When you wear Invisalign aligners, nobody will be able to see it unless they actually come close to look at your teeth. This aspect of Invisalign makes it more discreet. Invisalign makes use of clear aligners that are made from plastic. The worn aligners are actually pretty smooth and feel comfortable when worn in your mouth.
People who undergo Invisalign treatment have to use different sets of clear aligners each different from the other. The person will have to switch to a different set of aligners in the specified time. The different shape of the aligners is what helps facilitate the movement of the teeth. The aligners that the person uses are custom made to fit with his teeth.
So what is it that makes traditional metal braces and clear Invisalign aligners different from each other? First, the biggest different is their appearance. With braces, you have metal brackets that can be seen which can sometimes make someone uncomfortable while Invisalign offers a more discreet option. In addition to that, Invisalign aligners can be removed when needed like during meals and the brushing of teeth while traditional metal braces have to stay on during the whole treatment.
It seems that Invisalign is the more convenient option but there is a catch. Invisalign treatment comes at a cost. Having Invisalign is more expensive than braces due to the fact that several different aligners have to be custom made.