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Traditional Braces or Invisalign - Which is Better?

Traditional Braces or Invisalign - Which is Better?

Posted by:  Admin
12th August, 2020

There are many ways a dental expert can straighten your teeth. These days, traditional braces and Invisalign are the top choices. However, they have certain perks and drawbacks.

It can be quite challenging to decide which one of these two most preferred treatments is right for you. This is why we have decided to show you the benefits of traditional braces and Invisalign as you consider having straighter teeth and a better smile.

Why do traditional braces stand out?

  • Better for bad tooth alignment - Mild to moderate teeth alignment problems can be treated with other options than conventional braces. But if your teeth are severely rotated, particularly when they are bicuspids, you can't go for other treatment plans. It would not be easy for Invisalign braces to grip onto and align cylindrical or rounded bicuspids. But traditional braces have no problem with repositioning such teeth correctly, plus they can grip onto the tooth without slipping.
  • Better patient compliance - Sometimes, people wearing braces complain that they can't take them out. This presents a problem with cleaning the teeth. But if braces are removable, cleaning the teeth will be a lot more convenient. Taking into consideration the duration required to straighten teeth, removable braces will interrupt the process even with just a day or two of removal. This affects the final outcome of the treatment. Do you know that parents prefer traditional braces for straightening their children's teeth since they cannot be removed? Adults who cannot wear Invisalign trays always find traditional braces to be more convenient.
  • Traditional braces fix the teeth from the root - Unlike Invisalign trays which put pressure on the tooth around the top part alone, traditional braces apply all-round pressure on the entire tooth. They reposition the tooth correctly from top to bottom from the root
  • Braces have stood the test of time - For centuries, braces have been good at treating several periodontal problems. Granted, they don't have the appearance of modern-day metal braces, but they've been quite effective. A lot of people today having crooked, twisted, or overlapped teeth still choose traditional braces as orthodontic treatment. Braces are sometimes applauded for smile restoration of so many people around the world

What makes Invisalign great?

  • A beautiful appearance - When it comes to traditional braces vs Invisalign, the former gives a rather metallic and not-so-pretty appearance to your smile. However, Invisalign trays are nearly invisible since they are designed with a clear, customised thermoplastic material. This makes them hardly noticeable. So, if you desire an inconspicuous teeth-straightening treatment, go for Invisalign
  • Easy to remove - With traditional braces, teeth cleaning, especially food particles caught in the metal becomes difficult. But Invisalign eliminates this problem as you can simply remove them to brush and floss, and wear them again. Bear in mind that removing your Invisalign trays can slow down the teeth-straightening process; reducing the efficacy. So, be cautious of this fact.
  • Freedom to eat anything - Certain kind of foods, including sticky, brittle, hard, and chewy foods cannot be eaten with traditional braces. This is because particles of food can get stuck in the metal. You may not be able to cope with the numerous meal restrictions that come with braces. So, you can go for Invisalign. All that is required of you is remove them, eat whatever you want, clean your teeth thoroughly, and put them back on again.
  • More comfort - Although these two teeth-straightening options have some discomfort, the one from Invisalign is lesser. How? In straightening your teeth, there is a constant exertion of pressure from either the braces or Invisalign aligners on your teeth while pushing them into the right position. Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners exert a more gentle pressure when pushing against your teeth. This makes it more comfortable and eliminates the risk of getting your gum cut as they impact smoothly against your gums

How about the cost?

The severity of your teeth alignment issue, the number of Invisalign trays needed for the entire period of your treatment, among several other factors are considered when comparing the cost of Invisalign and traditional braces.

While traditional braces can be purchased for around £1,500 to £3,000, the average price of Invisalign ranges from £1,500 to £5,000. Most dental insurance companies cover the cost of braces and aligners, so it's quite easy. However, you should do well to find out if your insurance company provides this coverage.

In as much as your orthodontist can recommend the best treatment option, the final decision is yours to make. To achieve optimum results, book a consultation with an orthodontist at Museum Dental Suites. Report any aesthetic issue or specific needs you have for a proper check. For any treatment you select, just relax, and in time, you'll have healthier teeth and smile. You can also call us today on 0207 183 0886.


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