Traditional Braces and Invisalign: What’s the Difference?

Post by: / June 10, 2018

Orthodontic technology can do some really amazing things for your smile. From new appliances to innovative treatments, it seems like there is nothing orthodontics can’t fix. Today we are going to examine two of the most popular tooth-straightening methods and what they can do for you. In one corner we have traditional braces, in the other, Invisalign.

Invisalign: Pros

Invisalign is a highly lauded procedure for a reason. The most obvious benefit is that clear aligners that don’t give away the fact that you’re having treatment done. But while the discreet aesthetics is incredibly appealing, patients also love the convenience that comes along with this removable appliance. With Invisalign, you don’t need to limit what types of food you eat, and cleaning is a cinch!

Braces: Pros

Metal braces are often the first thing people think of when they consider orthodontic treatment. This is because braces have literally been around for hundreds of years. Their long history means lots of technological advancements and improvements. Traditional braces tend to focus on function, allowing them to address more advanced issues.

Invisalign: Cons

Invisalign is only useful if it is worn for at least twenty-two hours a day. If a patient does not commit to this, then their treatment time will extend much longer than necessary. This would be a huge waste of time and money, especially considering Invisalign means making a promise to yourself that your orthodontic success is a priority. Some patients find it useful to set an alarm on their phone to remind them to put their aligners back in after a meal.

Braces: Cons

Traditional braces are incredibly effective, but they aren’t without their drawback. Metal brackets and wires can cause major discomfort, especially after tightening. Those same metal pieces make it impossible to eat certain types of food. Braces wearers can expect to cut out gum, popcorn, and other sticky foods for the duration of their treatment. Those who play rough contact sports such as rugby will need to take special considerations.

The Verdict

While both treatment types have their merits, it’s important to find the one that is right for you. We offer both Invisalign and traditional braces for that very reason. If you are curious about your treatment options, call us and book a consultation today. We will help you find the perfect way to your best smile!