In this day and age, when appearance has taken priority and people are willing to shell out millions to have a perfect smile, crooked or misaligned teeth can be a bummer. If not for cosmetic reasons, crooked teeth can cause issues while talking and eating and that’s where braces come into play.
Braces have been around for ages, effectively placing both the upper and lower structure of teeth in the right alignment for better oral health and hygiene. You can either go for braces or Invisalign, which are transparent, both yielding great results. The question is, which one is the best? If that’s something you are yet to decide on, here’s a short comparison between the two and what’s better for you.
The first and foremost thing is appearance. Metal and wire braces are visible right away and can look daunting at first. On the contrary, Invisalign is best for appearance as these are made up of transparent and clear plastic (approved by FDA). It is more difficult to assess if someone is wearing Invisalign or not as these are made to provide complete transparency and are virtually undetectable.
In terms of effectiveness, metal and wire braces can take two to three years for the alignment to finalize, depending on the severity of the case. Since these braces cannot be removed by the wearer, you are basically wearing them for 24 hours, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
Invisalign, on the other hand, can be removed at will, such as during the night. However, this means that the wearer may not have them on for a longer duration. In fact, they might forget to wear them for hours, resulting in teeth shifting back to their previous positions. Although it may seem to take more time, that’s a challenge with Invisalign that makes metal braces far more effective.
Pricing often plays a crucial role in deciding whether you must go for traditional braces or Invisalign. The average cost of Invisalign in Canada is between $2000 to $8000 whereas the metal braces may land you somewhere between $1800 to $7500, without offsetting any insurance amount. Generally, Invisalign is expensive compared to metal braces. Thus, they make a better choice for patients who can’t afford to pay a hefty sum on Invisalign.
Invisalign can be removed easily and doesn’t cause any discomfort or cuts whatsoever. Since it is virtually undetectable for others, it adds another layer of comfort. On the contrary, metal braces have sharp edges, often cutting or piercing through the inner lip or tongue more often than you can think of, although that’s something that will only impact you during the initial stage. Overall, Invisalign is more comfortable than metal braces, but you should know that aligning misaligned teeth is lengthy and not a comfortable experience in general.
For what it’s worth, you can contact 67th Street Dental, a leading dental clinic offering comprehensive dental services. We deal with everything from dental exams to extractions, implants, root canal treatments, braces and Invisalign. Schedule an appointment to get your dental treatment from our world-class and highly-experienced dental staff.