Conventional or traditional braces are still a common type of orthodontic treatment, despite the popularity of clear aligner options like Invisalign®. Traditional braces use brackets, wires and bands to shift teeth and bites into alignment. They are an effective option for improving crooked, gapped or misaligned smiles. If you or your child need orthodontic treatment, you may wonder which is better, traditional braces or Invisalign®?
Traditional braces use brackets that are glued to the teeth and are attached to each other with wires and bands. The wires and bands are adjusted and tightened throughout the treatment to shift teeth into place. Braces are effective and can provide excellent results, but there are drawbacks. The appearance of braces is one of the biggest concerns for adults and teens, and even the tooth-colored varieties tend to be noticeable. Plus, there are restrictions on the food you can eat to avoid damaging the braces, and the components can rub against the lips and interior mouth causing discomfort.
When are Traditional Braces the Right Choice?
While most people can choose either braces or Invisalign® and get the same results, there are some people that are better suited for braces. Some complex issues are better treated with braces, but these are not common. However, for Invisalign® to work properly, they must be left in at least 20 hours a day. Those who may be undisciplined or tempted to leave out their aligners may be better off wearing braces that are not removable.
Both braces and Invisalign® are comparable in cost and treatment times, so the choice comes down to what is more comfortable and effective for you or your teen. In most cases, Invisalign® can offer the same results as braces, but there are a few patients that may be better off using braces. To determine which is right for you, contact our office to schedule a consultation, and learn more about your options.