People have a total of four wisdom teeth. There are two of them in the back of the upper jaw and two in the back of the lower jaw. Dentists often recommend the extraction of wisdom teeth in your teens or 20s. It may be a difficult decision to make, but the dental extraction can…
Invisalign vs. Braces: Which is Better?
If you are in the market for a new smile, you may be faced with the dilemma of which to choose –– Invisalign® or the traditional metal braces.
Traditional braces are the most common type of orthodontic treatment for all ages. While they may be effective in straightening the teeth, some may consider them an unattractive option. With Invisalign®, traditional metal braces now have a contender. Before making your decision, you must consult an orthdontist to determine if you are a good candidate for either Invisalign® or traditional braces. Each person has a unique set of teeth with needs and goals that may not be the same as the next person, so it's important to discuss these with your orthodontist beforehand.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is a possible alternative to traditional metal braces. They require an orthodontist to take molds and images of the teeth in order to create clear removable trays of varying sizes. Computer-generated, these aligners can correct mild or moderate incorrectly spaced teeth. Note, they are not used for children as their jaws and teeth are not fully developed.
Invisalign® is a trusted company. Always be wary of companies claiming they can create removable trays from images sent over the internet. One cannot properly determine if you are eligible through images alone. Doing so can not only cause a prolonged treatment but more importantly, the incorrect movement of your teeth.
What are traditional braces?
Traditional metal braces have been time tested and have proven to work very well. Brackets are situated on the front of the tooth with wires connecting each. While multiple visits may be required to properly move the teeth, traditional braces have succeeded time and time again.
While they may not be the most attractive option for some, there are alternatives such as braces behind the teeth (lingual braces). These braces are situated behind the teeth and cannot be seen. While some patients have reported having difficulty eating and sometimes annunciating, they give some patients comfort in knowing they are not as visible. Always consult an orthodontist to help you determine what type of traditional brace may be for you.
Traditional braces vs Invisalign® (Pros and Cons)
Traditional Braces (Pros): These have the highest treatment success rate and are time tested. Not only are they the most affordable dental option, but a widely offered orthodontic treatment.
Traditional Braces (Cons): Although quite effective, traditional metal braces can take roughly 1 to 2 years to correct your teeth. These braces are also highly visible, many times uncomfortable, and will need regular adjustments in order to correctly realign your smile.
Invisalign® (Pros): Invisalign® can correct your teeth in 4 to 6 months, which is considerably quicker than traditional braces. Invisalign® is much more comfortable and can be taken out during social situations, as Invisalign® is much more subtle.
Invisalign® (Cons): As a newer type of orthodontic treatment, Invisalign® can be a bit more expensive. It may also take more effort to follow the regimen, as it must be properly cleaned and taken care of.
Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Invisalign in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Are you getting married and looking for information on orthodontic treatments for Brides? Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. If you are looking for a smile makeover in time for your wedding, there are plenty of orthodontic treatments available to help you reach your goals.Orthodontic treatments are used…
Early orthodontic treatment is a great way to correct oral problems at a young age so they do not become worse later in life. While most parents are familiar with traditional orthodontic practices, not all of them are aware of what early orthodontic treatments entail. Generally speaking, the two are quite similar, but the goals…
Most people imagine braces as a treatment only for adolescents, but adult orthodontics are becoming increasingly common. If you are wondering whether braces as an adult are right for you, consider the benefits and then ask your orthodontist if you may be a good candidate.There are several benefits available for a person who decide to…