Invisalign or Braces?
Invisalign vs. Braces? We would say, ” The age old question” but Invisalign is still a rather new appliance hitting the market in the early 2000’s. Once you take the first step in deciding to start your journey to straight teeth, the next question becomes, “What form of treatment would i prefer. Typically children almost always want braces for the colors or elastics that hold the wire into place on the bracket. Teenage girls and adult usually want something more discreet and would perfect Invisalign so as not to be so noticeable to everyone else. However before making your final decision, you must weigh out the pro’s and cons to each type of treatment.
Invisalign was not always as popular as it is now. Back in 1997 a young college student named Zia Chisti walked into his Orthodontists office to pick up his retainer. To his surprise instead of receiving a metal appliance he was handed a plastic tray ( now better known as an Essex) to hold his teeth in place. Chisti looked at this Essix and thought to himself,”If this could hold my teeth in place, why couldn’t it move my teeth and set them straight?!”
Plastic moving my teeth?
At first many orthodontists were not into the idea of this product. They couldn’t understand how someone with no orthodontic background could produce an effective orthodontic appliance without any prior knowledge on teeth movement. But this soon changed and by 2004 175,000 patients were wearing Invisalign.
- No issues with food being stuck
- Less difficulty eating
- No discomfort from wires
- May have discomfort from tooth movement
- Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
- Treatment sometimes can last longer then with braces
- Must take extra steps in cleaning the actual aligners and not just your teeth
Invisalign is not ideal for patients who don’t feel they will wear the aligners for atleast 22 hours a day. Invisalign also tends to be more expensive then traditional braces.
Braces have been around since for what feels like the dawn of time. Prior to them, you were born with straight teeth or you just didn’t have them . In the beginning days braces were bonded onto your teeth with metal rings, making them bulky and obvious. In this day in age braces have become smaller and even clear in color. This is a huge advancement compared to the less desirable bulky braces and rings of the past.
- Effective for the more diffucult cases
- Less self discipline needed
- No extra cleaning steps besides brushing and flossing
- Moves teeth the fastes
- Wires and brackets can potentially break
- Braces are visible
- May have some tooth discoloration
If you have any questions concerning which type of treatment is best for you, don’t hesitate to contact our office today.