Do you want to straighten your teeth? Are you researching the differences between metal braces and Invisalign? For patients with misaligned teeth, deciding between the two options can be quite a struggle. That’s because there are pros and cons for either of the options. In this article, the dentists at Smile Well Dental tell us the differences between the two options, to help you make a better decision.
Braces are dental appliances used to correct teeth misalignment as well as jaw misalignment issues. When we talk about braces, the first thing that comes to mind are metal braces because these are the most widely used forms of braces. They were also the first teeth misalignment devices to enter the modern world. Traditional metal braces consist of 3 parts:
- Bracket: The metal structure attached or glued to the teeth
- Archwire: The metal wire that connects each bracket together
- Ligature: The rubber bands that essentially hold the archwire in brackets
Invisalign aligners are clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. They are made of flexible plastic that contains no BPA, BPS, latex or gluten. These thin and clear aligners are virtually invisible, fitted to place the right amount of force to the right area of your mouth in order to shape your teeth. Your dentist will monitor your progress and ensure your aligners fit correctly throughout the entire treatment. According to Sam Shin, a seasoned dentist in Vancouver, it typically takes 12 to 18 months to straighten your teeth with Invisalign. For simple cases, the treatment can last as short as 6 months.
Is Invisalign worth it?
The benefits of Invisalign
- Invisalign looks much better – essentially invisible
- Can remove Invisalign trays anytime you want
- Can eat anything with Invisalign aligners
- More comfortable as there is no metal material creating sores in your mouth
The drawbacks of Invisalign
- Invisalign exerts force on the upper part of the teeth only, not the root
- Not suitable for all patients—i.e. patients with bridgework, abnormal teeth wear, etc.
- Speaking with a lisp.
- Must remove aligners before drinking anything other than water
- Dry mouth in some patients
- Easy to forget or misplace your aligners.
Should I Get Metal Braces?
The benefits of Braces
- The best option for those with poor tooth alignment
- Patient compliance is 100% — i.e. can’t be removed, so optimal results are guaranteed
- Pushes the entire tooth from top to bottom including the “root”
- A proven procedure with centuries of success stories
- Very affordable due to the substances that make up metal braces
The drawbacks of Braces
- Cannot be removed easily
- May damage gum tissues upon hard contact
- Not invisible, hence easily noticeable
- Must be observed continuously with proper care.
- Causes trouble when you eat and restricts your diet for certain foods
As you can see, both Invisalign and metal braces have their pros and cons. In the end, the correct choice all depends on your personal situation. Do you care about the appearance of your teeth? If you do, Invisalign could be a great option. This is typically the case for teens and those with client-facing jobs. Do you struggle with self-discipline? If you do, metal braces will be the best option. This way you can avoid the inconvenience of changing and cleaning trays several times a day. This is perfect for those who work long hours and in labor-intensive jobs who don’t have time to clean often.