Invisalign vs. Braces
At a Glance
Invisalign can correct many types of tooth alignment problems with more comfort than braces and without sacrificing the appearance of your smile. However, there are certain problems only braces can correct.
Invisalign and braces are used by orthodontists to straighten or align crooked teeth. Besides positioning your teeth, these devices are also used to treat spacing, crossbites, deep bites, open bites, underbites, overbites and other flaws related to teeth and jaws. Whether you choose braces or Invisalign, the end result and the outcome must be the same — a confident and beautiful white smile. There are various options available for straightening teeth, but you must consider one that suits your appearance and lifestyle.
You must ask your orthodontist what is best suitable for you and understand the strengths and weaknesses of of each option ahead so that you can make a perfect decision. If you’re considering Invisalign vs. braces, we hope this comparison will help by pointing out some of the key differences.
Back Tooth Bite
If you have back tooth bite problems then you should opt for braces as they can control this problem.
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Invisalign lacks the friction grip so they work best for angular teeth like incisors, but cannot rotate cylindrical teeth like premolars, canine, etc.
Invisalign works best if your teeth are not severely crooked. Moreover, they do not have friction so can not rotate all kinds of teeth whereas braces are glued to teeth and have perfect friction and thus can work for all kinds of teeth.
Invisalign are invisible braces made from plastic. Many adults are opting for this kind of braces but before considering this kind of braces just glance through its pros and cons.
Pros of Invisalign
Invisalign is an undetectable device with which you can actually enjoy virtually invisible teeth straightening. It is removable and can be easily removed and cleaned whenever you want. Moreover the trays are comfortable and user friendly. Made from smooth plastic, Invisalign is less painful than braces and does not irritate cheeks or gums. Above all, you can whiten your teeth along with straightening by putting whitening gel in the trays. Certain orthodontists provide free replacements if your aligner is lost or broken.
Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign works for only corrections that are not so complex. It can effectively treat minor tooth crowding or spacing problems, but cannot correct extreme malocclusions. Moreover, you have to remove the Invisalign device every time you eat or drink. On the other hand, braces are bonded to your teeth and a wire runs through them. These are not removable and can potentially treat all kinds of irregularities of teeth and tend to work faster. Moreover, metal braces are affordable, strong and consume less time for any treatment. These can effectively treat all problems related to irregularities of teeth.
But braces do have some limitations such as discomfort, pain, mouth sores, and irritation as brace wires may poke and even cause injuries. Moreover, they require intense cleaning to get rid of dark stains caused by certain foods, smoking or coffee. Additionally, braces require intense brushing and flossing otherwise they will lead to discoloration, plaque buildup and bracket breakage. It also requires lot of sacrifices with regards to foods. You cannot eat popcorn, chips, hard crust pizzas, carrots or other hard substances.