Who doesn’t want perfect teeth? Nowadays there are so many ways to achieve the perfect smile. However, with the procedure Invisalign gaining more interest, could bog standard braces be on the way out?
Defacto are going to weigh up the pros and cons of regular metal braces and Invisalign. Just incase you were looking into some cosmetic work.
Invisalign came about around the year 2000, so it hasn’t garnered the same history as regular braces have. It is designed for the purpose of being invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
Some online sources have been offering Invisalign style treatment with no physical consultation (you can read more about it here) and it is advised that you avoid these services. Whereas metal braces are brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. They are tightened over time to move the teeth into place and are now available in enamel colours to make them more discreet.
|Price||££2,500 – £4,500||Free for under 18s
£2,000 – £2,500
|Time||6 – 18 months depending on the patient||Average of 2 years, although can be less|
|Colour||Clear/invisible||Silver metal, although can now be enamel coloured|
|Maintenance||Invisalign cleaning system, brushing and rinsing trays||Regular brushing of teeth, metal and brackets|
|Visits||Every 2 weeks||Every month|
|Follow up treatment||Retainer for a while, overnight use||Retainer for a while, overnight use|
|Invisalign||Removable and invisible
Food wont get caught/can eat anything you want
No oral cutting and scratching from wires
Not in as long
|Not as effective for complex issues
Discomfort during tooth movement
Must always be removed when eating or drinking anything (except water)
Must brush after every meal to prevent staining
|Braces||More effective for complex issues
Can’t forget to put them in/be tempted not to wear them
No extra cleaning
|In for longer
Painful sores and cuts for wires
Cant eat certain foods
If you aren’t religious with brushing your teeth may stain
Hopefully this information will be of use for you! Your dental professional will be the best source of information on which method would work the best for you.
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