There are several ways one can correct crooked teeth, including the most popular options—traditional braces and Invisalign. Choosing which option to go with may seem overwhelming; however, it is crucial to understand the pros and cons of both. We hope that you gain a better understanding of how braces and Invisalign can straighten your teeth by the end of this.
The Pros of Traditional Braces
- Traditional Braces Are More Effective in Treating Bad Tooth Alignment
Unfortunately for some, traditional braces may be the only option to fix their bicuspids and significantly rotated teeth. Because of the nature of Invisalign trays, they have a more difficult time rotating and gripping rounded, crooked teeth without slipping. This is not an issue with traditional braces because each tooth is securely affixed and has a firmer grip on the tooth.
- Traditional Braces Will Not Be Removed Throughout the Straightening Process
Teeth need time to become aligned, and any interruption of that process can negatively impact the treatment’s overall result. Because traditional braces cannot be removed, crooked teeth’s gradual movement into proper positions does not get interrupted. This way, you can be confident that the treatment is working towards straighter teeth 24/7.
The only downside to the fact that traditional braces cannot be taken off is cleaning. Proper cleaning of your teeth with braces may be tricky. But it’s a lot more manageable than complying with an Invisalign schedule 100%.
- Braces Align Your Teeth from the Root Down
Unlike Invisalign trays, traditional braces correct crooked teeth by applying pressure to the entirety of the tooth. Instead of just pushing teeth together by applying pressure to the upper part of the tooth, braces realign the tooth, including its root.
- Braces Have Proven Their Effectiveness for Centuries
There is a reason traditional braces have been (and still is) the go-to orthodontic procedure for people who have crooked, twisted, and overlapping teeth. They have proven to be useful for improving a plethora of periodontal issues.
The Pros of Invisalign
- Invisalign Looks Better
Rather than having metal pieces glued to your teeth, Invisalign is made of a transparent, custom-made thermoplastic material. Because of this, Invisalign trays often go unnoticed because they are virtually invisible.
- You Have the Freedom to Take Them Out
As stated above, those with traditional braces often have a more challenging time cleaning their teeth. On the other hand, people with Invisalign can take out their trays whenever they want. They can clean their teeth more effectively, eat whatever they want, and clean the actual trays.
However, there is a downside to being able to take them out. Every time a person takes off their Invisalign trays, they disrupt the straightening process. The longer they are removed, the less effective they will be.
- You Can Eat What You Want
Similar to the above, taking out your Invisalign allows you to eat whatever you want. People with traditional braces have to avoid a wide variety of foods throughout the process, while those with Invisalign don’t have to think twice. They simply take their trays out, eat, clean their teeth, and pop them back on.
- You Will Be More Comfortable with Invisalign
No matter which method you choose, straightening your teeth will unavoidably come with some discomfort. However, it is safe to say that the pressure pulling your teeth together is a lot gentler with Invisalign compared to traditional braces. Also, you don’t have to worry about the metal of braces cutting your gums because Invisalign lines up smoothly against them.
How do their costs compare?
Well, various factors contribute to the cost of either traditional braces or Invisalign. Depending on the severity of your teeth alignment issues and the number of trays you have to use throughout the Invisalign process, the final price of either will vary.
However, Invisalign treatment tends to be more expensive as this process averages at about $3,500 to $8,000, while traditional braces cost about $2,500 to $6,000. Fortunately, most dental insurance plans cover both options. So, just make sure to double-check their policies.
Yet, in the end, it is best to keep your orthodontist’s recommendation in mind. They will be able to examine your teeth and determine whether traditional braces or Invisalign would be the most effective in straightening them out.
If you are looking to straighten your teeth with Invisalign or braces, Schedule a Consltation with a Scottsdale Cosmetic Dentist Today.
Located at 10630 North Scottsdale Road, Douglas Family Dentistry serves families in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Glendale, and surrounding Arizona communities. To schedule an appointment to discuss the dental procedures and services we offer, call our office today at 480-948-3680.