Just by looking at the two, one can make several comparisons between traditional braces and Invisalign. But, can you judge them by their covers, or is there more to the story than the eye can tell?
"There are many ways to compare Invisalign and braces.
Braces and Invisalign are comparatively close when it comes to price tags. braces can cost anywhere from $ 5,400 to $ 7,700 for basic braces. Costs vary depending on upgrades such as invisible invisible braces over traditional braces or other enhancements. These are enamel-colored braces that are more aesthetically pleasing and more conceivable.
The "look" of orthodontics is one of the largest discussions going on in the field. Invisalign developed a treatment that is essentially unrecognizable to the public, where braces are easily identifiable.
Braces do not look like torture devices anymore, and believe it or not there are methods that conceale braces.
iBraces are a system that place braces on the backside of teeth rather than the front. These are highly understood, but may cause some irregularities to speech. Also, there are invisible braces.
Invisalign are clear plastic aligners that snap over the teeth. These are not noticeable, but can become awkward in public while dining. Patients can not eat with Invisalign on, as it damages the aligners.
Traditional braces may be openly visible, but that takes away most embarrassing surprises. On the other hand, removing Invisalign trays during meals can be embarrassing. Saliva trapped under the aligners sometimes dangles off the teeth when removing them. So, it's either face braces on the teeth all the time or be ready to excuse yourself for taking out your Invisalign when it's time to eat. Either can be awkward, but the end justifies the means.
In order to keep Invisalign and braces clean and in working order, users need to respect and responsibly maintain their orthodontic equipment.
Parents need to know their children in choosing the right orthodontic method. And if it's an adult seeking treatment, he or she needs to be judicious and responsible.
Invisalign can build up bacteria and plaque on the inside of the aligners and on the outside as well. Also, when not cleaned regularly, Invisalign trays can become odorous. To avoid these problems, Invisalign sells a cleaning solution.
It is vitally important to clean Invisalign trays. If patients do not want to spring for the Invisalign cleaning products, they can use Polident or other denture cleaning products. They're accessible and cheap in most cases, but nonetheless it is critical to keep bacteria from building up on the trays.
Braces can collect plaque and bacteria around the brackets and wires just as Invisalign can collect bacteria on the trays. Brushing around braces and using mouthwash regularly is highly important in keeping good status with oral hygiene. Braces patients with poor hygiene habits can easily develop cases of tooth decay around the base of the brackets.
Also, Invisalign are delicate plastic trays that can be easily cracked, eroded, or even lost. And while braces are fastened to the teeth, so they can not be lost, sometimes the metal wires snap or brackets slide. To counter this, patients need to be careful in what they eat and do.
Invisalign can be a tough choice for adolescent patients as they can so easily lose or break their trays due to their lack of responsibility. But, if that same teen eats certain candy or even hard food like apples, he or she can move their braces, which lengthens treatment time.
This may be the easiest point of comparison between braces and Invisalign. Although Invisalign technology has not come far far enough to treat advanced or serious cases of misaligned teeth, both braces and Invisalign provide the same quality in tooth correction for intermediate tooth misalignments and have just about the same treatment times. Depending on the level of care, treatment can take anywhere from six months to two years.
Braces are the only option for more severe cases of tooth misalignments, but patients can switch over to Invisalign after a certain level of progress has been made.
Advances in the field have decreased treatment time and have maximized results. Using digital images and computer imagery, orthodontists can provide images of what orthodontics can provide for patients and how long the treatment would take. This provides patients with a feeling of excitement and anticipation for their new smile, and orthodontists know in advance what the patient wants out of treatment. Combine this technology with improvements to braces technology and Invisalign, and the future is looking bright for orthodontics.