Would You Rather Choose Dental Braces or Invisalign?

Posted by DR. AMI DESAI on Apr 28 2020, 03:02 AM

Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that has allowed millions of people to sport their best smile possible. It deals with the diagnosis and treatment of malocclusion, or in simpler words, misalignment of the teeth. Two of the most popular orthodontic appliances at present are dental braces and Invisalign. Often, patients are confused as to which one they should choose to get their malocclusion treated. Well, here is a worthy read that can help you get better clarity on the orthodontic aligner you should choose.

What are the benefits of dental braces?

  • When it comes to treating some of the more complicated types of malocclusion, such as crossbite, overjet, crowding, etc. dentists usually suggest braces. Such is their effectiveness.
  • With braces, the teeth can be moved to their orthodontically right positions much quicker. On the other hand, treating such issues with Invisalign takes a longer time, which most patients would like to avoid.
  • Another advantage of choosing dental braces is that they are comparatively less expensive.
  • Since braces are firmly bonded to the teeth and held in place by wires, they do not slip off when you talk or laugh.

Why should you choose Invisalign?

  • Invisalign is fabricated with extremely high precision. A highly-advanced software is used to scan the teeth, simulate their movement on a computer screen, and use the data to make the aligners.
  • Dentists fabricate Invisalign from clear plastic material that is used explicitly for dental purposes. This makes it biocompatible as it goes easy on the gums and soft tissues of the mouth. Also, it stays under complete disguise due to its transparent nature.
  • Patients feel very less pain or discomfort during the treatment process as Invisalign gently applies pressure on the teeth to move them.
  • Invisalign aligners are entirely metal-free. The chances of getting injured due to them are next to none as they do not have any sharp edges, brackets, wires, etc.
  • The aligners are removable. You may take them off whenever you have to eat or brush your teeth.

Airway orthodontics

Airway Orthodontics involves the diagnosis and treatment of issues related to the airway using orthodontic solutions. For instance, if your child is facing problems with mouth breathing, snoring, frequent stoppages in their breathing pattern while asleep, etc., the dentist can offer orthodontic solutions to treat them. In most cases, airway problems are best treated at a younger age so that patients adapt to new conditions better.

Need for a retainer

The teeth have a ‘memory’ of their own when it comes to their orthodontic positions. Despite being moved to their new positions using braces or Invisalign, the teeth tend to move back to their old positions right after the treatment is completed. Hence, it is advisable for you to use an orthodontic retainer so that the teeth do not face relapse. Your dentist will discuss this with you and offer the right retainer so that you can keep your teeth well-aligned.

Reach out to us, and we can discuss the best orthodontic treatment option to suit your condition.

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