Braces and Invisalign are highly sought-after treatments of malocclusion that help straighten your teeth and improve your smile and overall dental health. Many people resort to traditional metal braces comprising a metal bracket fixed to each tooth and then connected to a wire. This arrangement adjusts teeth into their proper place. On the other hand, Invisalign helps straighten the teeth using customized, clear, and removable aligners.
When compared, the biggest difference between both these treatment options is their appearance. Traditional metal braces are made using metal wire, hence more noticeable when our dentist inserts them into your mouth. On the other hand, Invisalign trays are made using clear plastic material that makes them discreet when placed on your teeth.
Both the treatment options work with a common intention of aligning your teeth. But when it comes to comfort, wearing Invisalign is better than the traditional metal braces. It is because it applies less pressure to the teeth.
Both Invisalign and braces have their pros and cons regarding convenience. Traditional braces are convenient because you do not have to take them out every time to eat your food. But at the same time, these braces stop you from eating certain foods. Invisalign is convenient if you want to eat hard or sticky foods because you can remove them while eating and relish all your favorite foods. But, at the same time, the act of taking them out and storing them may consume your time.
Traditional metal braces have been used to straighten teeth and enhance smiles for decades now. Once fixed, braces cannot be removed until recommended by our orthodontist. These braces are used to restore extremely misaligned teeth, which suggests that they are an effective treatment option. Invisalign, on the other hand, cannot be used to treat complicated cases of malocclusion.
- Cleaning and Caring
The cleaning process is slightly more difficult when you wear traditional metal braces. It is because you have to brush and floss around the wires and rackets. Our dentist may also recommend you using a smaller brush to remove the food stuck around the components. Brushing and flossing the teeth is easier with Invisalign. However, you need to make an extra effort to maintain the trays. Cleaning them involves rinsing and brushing them with a special cleaning solution using warm water. Cleaning and caring for Invisalign can be a little tedious, and if you do not clean them thoroughly, there can be a build-up of bacteria and plaque on them.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Pasadena, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Sprott. Please call us at (281) 991-6530 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.