Among the numerous teeth straightening methods available, metal braces and Invisalign aligners are two popular options with recognised results. While both options are designed to straighten your teeth, each provides certain benefits over the other and fits different dental situations.
Invisalign is removable and cosmetically appealing, but certain dentists prefer braces for advanced dental issues. Before making a final decision, an experienced dentist, such as the ones at Orpington Dental Care in Orpington, can help you determine which treatment plan is best for your individual needs.
Technology has improved our lives in so many ways, including advancing the design, shape and function of modern metal braces. Today’s metal braces are smaller and more attractive than their precursors. Metal braces consist of metal brackets bonded to each tooth, connected with a metal archwire. Your orthodontist will periodically adjust the wire according to your treatment plan, so that your teeth move to their correct positions.
Metal braces are affordable and can treat a wide variety of dental problems, from crooked, overlapping or overcrowded teeth to jaw problems such as overbites and underbites. However, metal braces are not aesthetically appealing and may even hinder good oral hygiene, as food remains can easily hide around and under the brackets and wires.
The main appeal of Invisalign is the complete lack of metal in the treatment process. Invisalign consists of a series of transparent, custom-made, removable plastic aligners (just like gum shields), that gradually move your teeth into their projected final position. Invisalign is ideal for self-conscious adults, providing an invisible alternative with visible results without affecting their daily activities. Invisalign aligners are removable for eating or for cleaning your teeth, but have to be worn at least 22 hours per day for maximum effectiveness.
The main disadvantage of Invisalign is its limited treatment abilities compared to metal braces. Invisalign can only treat moderately misaligned teeth and is not suitable for children and young teenagers, whose permanent teeth are not fully developed. Unlike metal braces, Invisalign aligners don’t leave much control to your dentist over the movement of the teeth, and this can sometimes lead to a longer treatment time.