There are many ways to get the perfect smile, but the most common options are Invisalign and braces. Both are great treatments, but the one obvious difference is the appearance of the two. Braces have a wire-like appearance and sit in the fronts of your teeth, and are far more obvious, whereas Invisalign utilizes a set of clear plastic trays that go over your teeth and are not visible.
Invisalign is great for correcting less complicated alignments for people looking to have a more aesthetically pleasing smile without putting as much pressure on the tooth. As for braces, they exert pressure on the entire tooth and push the tooth into the correct position. It is best to talk to your orthodontist to see which method is best for your needs. Both are used for overly crowded teeth, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, underbites, overbites, and crossbites.
The Invisalign trays have to be worn all day and changed every two weeks but do not require as many doctor visits. They may be removed when eating, so you do not have to worry about having food stuck in between your braces. They are typically more comfortable and will not give you sores as braces do. You have to take good care of them and wash them often, especially after eating and drinking.
Although it is nice to remove them when needed, do note that this does interrupt the whole process, so you have to be very considerate and patient with your results. They are best for moderate teeth crowding, but nowadays, they have evolved to do more. They typically have to be worn 12-18 months and cost a little more than braces.
The most commonly used braces for teeth have been metal, but nowadays, there are orthodontic offices that offer clear braces, which are a little less noticeable. Braces may be the best choice for you if you have significantly crooked teeth of different heights and face the wrong direction. They are also very effective for correcting abnormal bites and more complex issues.
Braces require once-a-month visits for new wires and tightening. You have to be very cautious about what you eat and drink because you cannot take them off. Crunchy hard food can damage your wires, and anything sticky may get stuck and cause cavities. Since food can get stuck in braces more easily, it is important to brush and floss often. Sugary and starchy food is also prohibited with braces. Braces cost a little less, but the cost varies depending on the doctor, state, and case.
Your orthodontist is in the best position to recommend which treatment is best for your case, but you still make the final call. To choose the best possible choice, consult your dental professional. Make sure to address specific needs and aesthetic concerns. Once you have picked a treatment, please take comfort in the thought that it would only be a matter of time before you come out of it with the healthy and beautiful smile you have always wanted.