Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign Clear Plastic Tray

Invisalign and braces are among some of the techniques used by dental professionals for straightening teeth of their patients during orthodontic treatments. They use these techniques for straightening their teeth to set them in their ideal position and improve their function as well as appearance. Here at Paramount Dental, not only are we proud to offer the Invisalign treatment, but it is one of our most popular services!

The traditional dental braces involving metal wires and brackets was initially used exclusively for this purpose but with the evolution of new techniques people have begun to prefer alternatives to braces. In fact, both braces and Invisalign offer a number of benefits along with straightening teeth such as correcting the bite issues which may require special treatment otherwise. The brief information about Invisalign vs. traditional braces provided in this write-up can help you a lot in choosing the teeth straightening technique that’s perfect for you.

Dental Braces

Braces are traditionally used for straightening teeth with the help of metal brackets running along a wire. These dental braces are affixed on the teeth by trained dental professionals. The brackets and wire used in braces technique are pressed against the teeth of the patient to support their movement to align and straighten them in proper position.

Invisalign

The technique of Invisalign is used to move the teeth efficiently. In this teeth straightening method a set of computer generated clear plastic trays is worn round-the-clock to retain the teeth in their position. These trays have to be changed after every fortnight to prevent their return to earlier position. Sometimes theses trays are replaced after six months or one year also depending upon the complexity of the deformation of teeth. For answers to some of the other questions you may have about Invisalign, be sure to check out our Invisalign FAQ.

Benefits of Invisalign

Some of the main benefits of Invisalign are as follows:

  • Retention of teeth: The purpose of these trays is to retain the teeth in their present position and preventing them from returning to their old position.
  • Invisible trays: Invisibility of the trays is another benefit of this technique.
  • Comfortable in socializing: People also use this technique for straightening their teeth as it makes them feel more comfortable while socializing with others.
  • Aesthetic modification: The focus of the Invisalign technique is to straighten your teeth aesthetically along with efficiently improving their functionality.

Invisalign vs. Braces

The review of Invisalign vs. Braces cannot be completed without comparing their similarities and differences.

Similarities

  • Effectiveness: Both Invisalign and braces are effective in treating a wide variety of dental alignment problems including spacing, crowding, overbite, underbite and crossbite.
  • Teeth straightening: Both of these methods straighten your unaligned teeth.

Differences

Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign allows you to eat whatever foods you want to enjoy whereas braces do not. You will have to sacrifice eating chips, popcorn, hard-crusted bread, bagels, pretzels, pizza crust, candies and nuts along with corn on the cob, apples and carrots after using braces for straightening your teeth. You can remove and replace the trays of Invisalign whenever and wherever needed without any help of professionals but braces cannot be removed frequently without the help of your dentist. The invisible aspect of the trays used in Invisalign typically makes them preferable when it comes to looks. You cannot wear braces without being noticed by others whereas Invisalign trays cannot be noticed easily. Braces can affect the looks of an individual.

Invisalign allows you to maintain your periodontal health by brushing and flossing your teeth easily but braces do not provide such facility. Inadequate cleaning due to braces can also be the reason of tooth decay in some cases. The trays used in invisalign are made of smooth and comfortable plastic and do not cause problems in the mouth whereas the sharp metal wire and brackets used in braces can cause irritation and pain on the gums and cheeks. Wire and brackets of the braces can also cause injuries and soreness in the mouth. Tooth discoloration, plaque buildup, eating problem, breakage of brackets and teeth are some of the other problems experienced by the people who preferred traditional braces.