The type of orthodontic treatment that is suitable for you depends largely on the type of orthodontic problems you need to have corrected. Be sure to consult with your Wheat Ridge Dentist for recommendations specific to your personal situation.
Braces are usually made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth, although there are other options like ceramic brackets and lingual(behind the teeth) braces. Metal wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets and used to manipulate your teeth into the correct positions.
Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners are created and customized for each patient using a 3D scan of their mouth. A series of custom aligners are then made and used to move the teeth in small steps, into the correct position.
Following are a few of the advantages of using Invisalign.
Invisalign looks better. One of the biggest benefits is that they are nearly invisible.
Another benefit is that you take the aligners out to eat. This means that you do not have to change what you eat or how you eat it. For best results, Invisalign needs to be worn 20 – 22 hours per day. This allows time for you take them out while eating and brushing your teeth. Another advantage is that you can continue to brush and floss your teeth normally.
Much of the orthodontist’s work takes place before you wear the aligners. Once you start treatment, you change to the next set of aligners according to the orthodontists directions. There is no need to visit the orthodontist for adjustments, so appointments are kept at a minimum.
Moving teeth around can be uncomfortable and painful. However there are fewer mouth and gum problems with Invisalign because they are made of smooth plastic and fitted to the patient’s mouth so there are usually not cuts on the inside of the cheeks to deal with.
Some disadvantages of Invisalign are that patients need to be disciplined. You must wear them for the required 22 hours a day. The major reason for Invisalign treatment failing is primarily because of a patient’s lack of compliance with wearing the aligners.
Also the aligners must be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water. And, before replacing your aligners after eating, you need to brush your teeth. Food particles can interfere with your teeth moving properly and can also stain your aligners, you also increase your risk of cavities and bad breath if you do not clean your teeth before putting your aligners in.
Invisalign is not typically recommended for more complex orthodontic cases. You should discuss your options with your orthodontist and ask if you can expect the same results from all methods.
The advantages of traditional braces is that they are more suitable for all cases.
It doesn’t matter how difficult your case is. Braces use anchors and wire to move the teeth into the correct position.
Generally, the treatment time with braces can be faster than with Invisalign, to close gaps and align teeth.
The drawbacks to traditional braces are often aesthetics. Some people do not like the way the look on the teeth. Brushing and flossing your teeth is also more difficult with braces. And if you don’t clean your teeth properly, plaque can build up around the brackets causing staining or decay on the teeth.
Some care needs to be taken with the type of foods and beverages you consume. Certain foods can break the bracket from the tooth and will require a visit to the orthodontist to have it re-cemented to the tooth.
Regular visits to the orthodontist are required with traditional braces to have them adjusted, typically once a month.