Orthodontic treatment is a big step, and nowadays, there are so many options available! There are several types of braces, like traditional metal braces, clear ceramic braces, and lingual braces. And for those who want something even less visible, Invisalign offers clear aligners that move teeth into their proper positions.
Dr. Fergus and the team at Fergus Orthodontics in Jonesboro, AR, will assist you in deciding which orthodontic option will best straighten your teeth. But let’s start by giving you an idea of the differences between these options!
Here’s What You Need to Know About Braces
Braces have several advantages. They are the most tried-and-true method to straighten and align teeth properly. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of braces.
What are the advantages of braces?
Not only can braces treat even the most severe orthodontic cases, but they can also treat several issues simultaneously. For example, if a patient has teeth that need to be rotated while treating an overbite or crossbite simultaneously, braces can do that.
Braces can treat:
- Open bites
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Deep bites
- Rotated teeth
- Teeth erupted above the gum line
Braces are not removable and are worn 24/7. It also means there is no risk of losing your braces (like you might with clear aligners like Invisalign)!
One of the biggest advantages is the cost. In general, braces and metal brackets tend to be less expensive compared to treatment with clear aligners. This makes them one of the most cost-effective options for families on a tighter budget.
Invisalign Pros and Cons
For those self-conscious about wearing braces, Invisalign products offer apparent alternatives. Invisalign uses custom-made, clear aligners to move teeth into their proper positions. Let’s see what advantages and disadvantages these options provide.
What Are The Pros Of Invisalign?
Invisalign treats a variety of orthodontic issues:
- Open bites
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
In addition, Invisalign offers a product specially made for teenagers’ needs. Invisalign Teen is designed to treat teens’ teeth, which are still reasonably easy to move compared to adults. These aligners also include a colored indicator that lets you know your child is wearing the aligners correctly and for the prescribed amount of time.
The most significant advantage of Invisalign is clear — literally. Invisalign patients can show off their smile as much during treatment as after it! The clear aligners are custom-made to follow the gumline, so they are virtually invisible.
Invisalign is also removable, which offers two advantages.
First, there are no food restrictions, like with braces, because you remove the Invisalign trays to eat or drink, brush your teeth, clean the aligners, and put them back in your mouth. Secondly, because they’re removable, it’s easy to practice good oral hygiene. Easy! You can brush and floss normally, clean the aligners, and put them back in your mouth.
Invisalign typically has shorter treatment times than traditional braces. While braces can last 12-24 months, Invisalign treatment can be as short as six months but tend to run 9-15 months.
What Are The Cons Of Invisalign?
While Invisalign can treat many orthodontic issues, it may be less effective in treating some of the most severe cases. People with severely deep overbites or teeth that are rotated sideways may not use Invisalign for treatment. In those cases, braces are often the best treatment method.
Also, it’s important to remember that Invisalign isn’t nearly as effective if it’s not worn for the prescribed 22 hours each day. Being removable, it’s possible to leave them out too long. It’s also possible to lose aligners. Losing more than one of them can be costly.
Choosing Invisalign or Braces
Which is better — Braces or Invisalign? With all the options to weigh, the best solution is to know all of the facts about your orthodontic issues, what needs to be addressed and when, and what treatment is available for you.
At Fergus Orthodontics, we will give you a thorough evaluation and lay out all your options to make an informed decision. Free!
The easiest way to get started is to begin a virtual consult here on our website. We’ll evaluate the results, give you a quick overview of your treatment options, pricing, and financing, and then contact you to schedule an in-person appointment. In the office, we will take x-rays and 3D images of your mouth and will be able to talk through your treatment plan.