Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Choosing the Right One
If you are considering cosmetic orthodontic work, there are a variety of options for you. First, consult several orthodontists to determine whether or not you need this treatment. If you decide you do, follow these tips to choose which method is most appropriate for you.
1. Appearance – Invisalign is a good option for adults who do not want to have traditional braces. The traditional wire braces are most common for adolescents who are in middle or high school. An adult might not feel comfortable with this method so Invisalign is a good option here. Although they may be slightly more expensive than traditional wire braces, they are more appropriate for adults because they are virtually invisible and can be worn throughout the day and night. If you are an adolescent, traditional braces are fine because chances are many of your peers have them too.
2. Hygiene – Invisalign braces are also a good idea for adults who frequently forget to brush and floss or perhaps eat a lot of hard, crunchy or sticky food. Daily brushing, flossing and mouthwash are absolutely essential with traditional braces because food can get stuck around the brackets and underneath and between wires. Food deposits can cause calcification, or soft white spots, on the teeth. These are irreversible and reduce your overall appearance. The traditional brackets of braces can also easily be knocked off the tooth if you enjoy crunchy foods or raw vegetables. This increases the time you will have the braces on and can become expensive.
If you are very diligent about maintaining oral hygiene, then feel free to go with traditional braces. You should make sure to visit your dentist often as well to check for calcification and to make sure your gums are healthy. Sometimes the brackets can irritate your gums above and below the molars. Regular brushing should take care of this problem though.
3. Bite – If your orthodontist determines that you have a severe overbite or underbite, you may need to have traditional braces. These can adjust your jaw through the use of small rubber bands to pull your lower jaw forward or push it backward. If you are getting braces just to fix a bit of crookedness in your front teeth, however, Invisalign braces might be enough.
4. Ask for advice – If you know friends or family members who have had braces, ask them about their experiences. Talk to people who have had traditional and Invisalign about their experiences and if they are satisfied with their smiles after treatment.