Unfortunately, everyone wasn’t born with a perfect smile. Overbites, underbites, crowded teeth, and gaps in the teeth are all common problems that people have with their smiles. If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your smile, there are two types of treatment available. The first is traditional metal braces, which have been used for decades. The other treatment is low cost Invisalign. Invisalign is a set of transparent aligners that would be changed as your treatment progresses. Of the two options available, Invisalign has more benefits.
Traditional metal braces are very noticeable. A metal bracket is affixed to each of your teeth and a metal wire is placed over the brackets. The aligners used in Invisalign are transparent. Unless you tell someone that you are wearing Invisalign, they might not even realize it.
If you have traditional metal braces, you need to pay special attention when you are brushing your teeth. If you don’t brush around each of the brackets completely, you could end up with permanent stains on your teeth when the braces are removed. You would also need a special tool to clean underneath the metal wires. If you have Invisalign, you would remove the aligner before you brush your teeth. This would allow you to brush the way that you always have without any risk of permanent stains on your teeth.
No Food Restrictions
When you have metal braces, you will be given a list of foods that you cannot eat as they could damage the brackets or the metal wire. Sticky foods, such as taffy and caramel are off limits. You also cannot eat hard foods such as apples and pizza crust. Popcorn, corn on the cob, and peanuts are also off limits. When you have Invisalign, you would remove your aligner when you eat. This means that you can eat anything that you want without needing to worry about doing any damage. Without food restrictions, you can enjoy your favorite foods throughout your treatment.
Faster Treatment Time
Most people want to complete their treatment as quickly as possible so that they can show off their perfect smile. The average treatment time for metal braces is between one and three years. The average treatment time for Invisalign is between six months and two years. If you are hoping to complete your treatment as quickly as possible, Invisalign is the better option.
Just because you weren’t born with a perfect smile, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have one. Both metal braces and Invisalign are effective treatment options, however, Invisalign has more benefits.