When it comes to the best treatment to straighten misaligned teeth, the argument is pretty much braces versus invisible braces. The question most of the time remains to be which of the two is more effective. Others are concerned about the price, the one with more convenience and which delivers results in a quicker time. The bottom line however is the fact that both get the job done in the end and however much we debate, people will still remain opinionated about these two.Invisible
Today, we want to break down the facts and add some flesh into the contentious debate of Braces vs Invisible braces. We have listed the differences between the two in different aspects and have left it for you to decide which treatment method best suits your way of life and budget at large. So, what are the differences between Braces and Invisible braces? Here are 10 notable differences between the two which might perhaps help solve the debate;
Braces are made from metals or ceramic depending on the choice you opt for. The metal brackets are glued to your teeth and tied together by small rubber bands. Invisible braces on the other hand, are made from Bisphenol A (BPA) free transparent plastic material.
The colour of traditional braces depends on the patient’s preferences. The colour of the brackets and the wire used to connect the braces will determine the final appearance of the entire set. The patient has an option of choosing a colour close to the colour of the enamel in an effort to conceal the braces. Invisible braces on the other hand are clear and cannot be easily seen unless someone takes a very close look. The material is almost invisible and that’s where the name arises from.
Traditional braces are normally cheaper than invisible braces. The average price of braces ranges between $2,000 and $6,000 while the invisible braces go for anything between $5,000 all the way to $8,000. This all depends on whether you have insurance or not.
- Follow up visits
When you have braces installed, you have to visit your dentist at-least once every month for follow up visits. The dentist will then check on the progress of the teeth and tighten the wires if need be. Invisible braces on the other hand require that the aligner trays are changed twice in a month. You should therefore make sure you visit your dentist at-least twice a month.
Braces are quite complex to maintain. Cleaning them is a very complex task and very few people manage to do it. The fact that some braces are installed behind teeth makes it even harder to maintain them. You therefore need to regularly visit your dentist for cleaning and monitoring. The invisible braces on the other hand, don’t need much hassle for one to keep them in good shape. You only need to rinse them in clean lukewarm water and you are good to go.
You can’t remove braces whenever you want to eat or do something with your teeth. You can remove them if you want to brush your teeth. If need be, then you have to visit your dentist to have the braces removed. The invisible braces on the other hand can be removed at the user’s convenience. Whenever you want to do anything with your teeth, you just pluck them out and you are good to go.
Braces are normally effective in complex issues like accidents, overcrowded teeth and completely misaligned teeth. The invisibles are normally better off with less complex dental issues like a set of teeth out of line.
The other thing to consider are the comfort levels. Braces are normally more comfortable because all you get is pain and some sores in the first month of installation but otherwise they become part of you and you almost forget that they exist. Invisible braces on the other hand have a lot of discomfort. This is attributed to the tooth movement and the limited allowance that the invisible braces offer.
- Time to get the job done
The traditional braces take a shorter time to get the job done. This is because of the amount of tension that they apply to the teeth when they are growing. Braces can correct even the most awkward looking teeth in a little over a year. The invisibles on the other hand need a little more time to get the job done. The discipline of the owner also plays a vital role. There are some people who own invisibles but only wear them for an hour a day. Because the traditional braces are permanently glued to your teeth, the full effect helps correct situations more quickly.
- Ideal for
Braces are ideal for young children with crooked, overcrowded or misaligned teeth while invisibles are ideal for adults whose teeth are not correctly aligned.