Meta: If you are embarking on orthodontic treatment, here are some considerations to make before deciding on Invisalign® or traditional braces.
Are your teeth out of alignment or crooked? Do you have a ‘bad bite’? Are you tired of hiding your smile and your teeth from others? You may be interested in getting your teeth straightened with traditional braces or Invisalign®, but you may be wondering what the difference is between these two treatments.
Here is a breakdown of Invisalign® versus traditional wire and bracket braces whether you are considering taking the plunge, or are simply curious!
Invisalign® braces are not really traditional braces in the sense that they adhere to the teeth. Invisalign® uses clear trays called aligners which fit over the teeth and gently push them into the desired position. New trays are swapped out every two weeks to a month, or at the discretion of Dr. Abelar.
The benefits of Invisalign® include that they are easy to remove for eating and oral health care, and of course that they are clear and many adults prefer them because they are more professional and easier to care for.
WIRE & BRACKET BRACES
Wire and bracket braces are the traditional braces we’re all used to seeing, especially on children. For that reason many adults feel as though they are childish and don’t want to use them.
Benefits of wire and bracket braces include that they are typically lower in cost than Invisalign®, they work on more serious bite issues, and they cannot be lost or removed by the wearer.
Unfortunately, wire and bracket braces are a little harder to care for than Invisalign®, and food bits and plaque can easily get stuck in them, so they are best for those who are willing to commit to excellent oral hygiene. If the wearer is a child, parents should be on top of their child’s oral health care, including being sure the braces are being cleaned properly, and also that the child visits Dr. Abelar regularly for adjustments. Typically once per month.
Ultimately, it’s your decision to go with Invisalign® or wire and bracket braces, with the expert treatment plan from Dr. Abelar. Unfortunately, some smiles are not good candidates for one treatment method, depending on the severity of the corrections needing to be made.
To learn more about your options with wire and bracket braces or Invisalign®, schedule a consultation with Dr. Abelar today!