Should I get Braces or Invisalign?
- Posted on: Aug 29 2018
If you’d like to improve the appearance of your smile as well as your oral health, traditional braces and Invisalign are two popular options. In this blog, the dentists at Concerned Dental Care in NY explain the differences between these choices to help you decide which is more appropriate for your preferences and needs:
How They Work
Braces – Braces are placed directly on the teeth to move them into the correct position over time. The most common configuration is brackets that are bonded to the teeth with a metal wire inserted into the brackets. Pressure is continuously applied, and over time your teeth move in a specific direction.
Invisalign – Invisalign is a set of clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, much like a retainer. Unlike braces, which stay in place during your treatment, the aligners are switched out for a new set every few weeks as your teeth are moved into their new position over time. You also take them out when you eat, drink anything other than water, or brush your teeth.
Length of Treatment
Braces – Braces are worn around the clock for an average of two years, but the required time can vary from nine months to three years, depending on your needs.
Invisalign – Invisalign treatment usually takes about nine months to one year, and you’ll need to wear them for at least 22 hours a day.
Treatment and Maintenance
Braces – If you wear braces, you’ll probably see your dentist for a follow-up visit every 4-6 weeks. Your elastic bands on each bracket will be replaced at every appointment, and the wire may also be replaced. Adjusting your braces should take about 20 minutes.
Invisalign – You’ll visit your dentist every 4-6 weeks and will change your aligner trays every 2 weeks.
Pros and Cons
- Pros – Traditional braces can be more effective in treating complex dental issues. You won’t have to be disciplined to wear them, since they don’t come out until they’re removed by your dentist.
- Cons – They’re noticeable, and the brackets and wires can sometimes be uncomfortable. You may be restricted in what you can eat, since sticky and hard foods can cause issues. And when you have your braces removed, your teeth may be discolored because it’s hard to adequately brush.
- Appropriate patients – These types of braces may not be appropriate for patients who play rough contact sports every day or who want a less noticeable option.
- Pros – Invisalign is invisible and can be removed, so you can eat anything you’d like and not worry about food getting caught. You won’t have to wear potentially uncomfortable wires, and you’ll be able to brush and floss normally.
- Cons – You may experience some discomfort from tooth movement, and you’ll have to remove them before eating or drinking anything but water. In addition, you’ll need to be diligent about brushing after each meal to avoid staining.
- Appropriate patients – Invisalign may not work well if you have bridgework or back tooth bite issues. They’re also not effective if you need to rotate canines or premolars or need to move your teeth vertically. You’ll also need to be committed to wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours a day.
If you’d like to have a better smile and want to learn more about whether braces or Invisalign might be appropriate for you, make an appointment today with Concerned Dental Care of NY. We have nine convenient offices located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and other NY areas.
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