Because of advances in orthodontic treatment, patients have more choices than ever before. It’s even possible to straighten your teeth without braces! But while Invisalign is a popular option, it might not be the most effective treatment method in some cases. If you’re trying to decide between Invisalign and braces, keep reading to get the pros and cons of each.
Invisalign Pros and Cons
Invisalign treatment relies on removable appliances that are almost invisible. This innovative method has several other benefits:
- Aligners are made of clear, BPA-free plastic.
- Their smooth texture prevents cheek or gum irritation — great for sports!
- They come with no restrictions on eating.
The most obvious advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are nearly invisible. Patients — adults and teens alike — can carry on about life without feeling self-conscious about their orthodontic appliance.
Invisalign aligners are also removable. You’ll take them out to brush and floss your teeth, which makes oral hygiene easier than with braces. You’ll also take your aligners out to eat or drink anything other than water. However, a removable appliance can be problematic as well. First, patients sometimes lose aligners and have to quickly replace them to keep from extending their treatment time. In addition, it can be tempting to take them out for an hour here or there (don’t do it!!), which can lengthen treatment time.
You don’t need the same kinds of adjustments that are required with braces. Instead, you just change your aligners every two weeks, using the next one in the series. You’ll still need to come in for regular checkups so that Dr. Jones or Dr. DeShon can check your progress.
Braces Pros and Cons
Conventional orthodontic appliances are suitable for a wider range of cases, including severe malocclusion. There are a number of advantages to this type of orthodontic treatment:
- The appliances are durable and non-removable.
- Newer styles are smaller and more comfortable.
Most styles of braces are more noticeable than clear plastic aligners. These appliances also cannot be removed for cleaning, eating or drinking. Although this method is highly effective, it also poses several challenges. Certain foods can loosen brackets or bend wires. Brushing and flossing may also be more difficult than with removable appliances.
This method is best for severe alignment and bite issues, and the average treatment time is 18 to 24 months. Patients can choose from stainless steel or clear ceramic brackets. Customizable colored or clear rubber bands are used to connect arch wires to brackets. Components will need to be adjusted every seven to eight weeks. Newer types of wires eliminate the need for tightening, which may increase patient comfort throughout the treatment process.
Explore Orthodontic Options
Learn more about orthodontic treatment by scheduling a complimentary initial consultation. We will perform an oral exam and take scans, X-rays and photographs to determine which method will be the best fit for your budget and smile. Call 276-638-8888 or contact us through our website to set up an appointment.