Is Invisalign better than Fixed Braces?

Are Invisalign Aligners better than Fixed Braces?

With orthodontic treatment being one of most sought out treatments in the dental industry there are several options available for patients to choose from. Clear aligners have been in significant demand over the last 10-15 years but which option is suitable for you and why?

This blog will go through the key factors that are necessary to consider when choosing your orthodontic treatment option with us at The Cosmetic Dental Gallery Battersea. 

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Benefits of Orthodontic Treatment

Orthodontic treatment, which involves the use of braces, aligners, retainers, and other dental appliances, offers numerous benefits beyond just improving the appearance of your smile. Here are some of the key benefits:

  1. Improved Oral Health: Orthodontic treatment can align teeth properly, which makes them easier to clean. Properly aligned teeth reduce the risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems.

  2. Enhanced Chewing and Speech: Misaligned teeth can affect your ability to chew food properly and may also lead to speech difficulties. Orthodontic treatment can correct these issues, improving chewing efficiency and speech clarity.

  3. Prevention of Dental Trauma: Protruding or misaligned teeth are more susceptible to damage from accidents or trauma. Orthodontic treatment can reposition teeth to reduce the risk of dental injuries.

  4. Alleviation of Jaw Pain: Misaligned teeth can cause stress on the jaw joints, leading to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders and associated pain. Orthodontic treatment can help align the bite properly, relieving jaw discomfort.

  5. Reduced Risk of Tooth Wear: When teeth are misaligned, certain areas may experience excessive wear due to uneven pressure during chewing. Orthodontic treatment can distribute the biting forces evenly, reducing the risk of premature tooth wear.

  6. Enhanced Self-Esteem and Confidence: A straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile can boost self-confidence and improve overall self-esteem. This can positively impact various aspects of life, including social interactions and professional opportunities.

  7. Optimised Facial Appearance: Orthodontic treatment can address issues such as overbites, underbites, or facial asymmetry, leading to a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance.

  8. Prevention of Long-term Dental Issues: Correcting orthodontic problems early can prevent more serious dental issues from developing later in life, potentially reducing the need for extensive dental work in the future.

  9. Long-term Cost Savings: Investing in orthodontic treatment can prevent or minimize the need for more extensive dental procedures in the future, potentially saving money on dental care over the long term.

Overall, orthodontic treatment offers not just cosmetic benefits but also significant improvements in oral health, function, and overall well-being.

Appearance

  • Fixed Braces: Traditional braces consist of brackets bonded to the teeth, connected by wires. These are visible when you smile. However, there are now several more aesthetic options for braces such as Ceramic Brackets which are white in appearance or a brace that is placed on the back of the teeth called a lingual brace. A lingual brace is more discrete than aligners.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are nearly invisible when worn. They are removable, so they don’t alter the appearance of your teeth when you smile.
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Comfort

  • Fixed Braces: Initially, braces may cause discomfort due to the wires and brackets rubbing against the cheeks and lips. Adjustments may also cause soreness.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. Some discomfort or pressure may occur initially upon fitting of the aligners or when switching to a new set of aligners.

        Suitability for Complex Cases

  • Fixed Braces: Traditional braces may be more effective for treating severe misalignments or complex cases involving significant rotations on teeth, crowding or cases involving extractions
  • Invisalign: While Invisalign can treat many cases effectively, it may not be suitable for severe misalignments or complex orthodontic issues. It is also not suitable if you are not able to commit to wearing the aligners for 22 hours per day.

Treatment Duration

  • Fixed Braces: Treatment time can vary but typically lasts around 12 months to 12 months, depending on the severity of the case.
  • Invisalign: Treatment time with Invisalign can also vary as certain movements can take more time and refinements may be necessary to achieve the final results. Often complex cases take significantly longer than fixed braces.

Cost

  • Fixed Braces: Ceramic braces tend to be priced at a similar price to aligners. The more discrete options such as lingual braces will be higher due to the bespoke fabrication of the lingual brackets
  • Invisalign: Invisalign can be slightly more affordable than traditional braces if the case is simple.
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Maintenance

  • Fixed Braces: Cleaning around brackets and wires can be more challenging. Special brushes and techniques are often required to remove food particles.
  • Invisalign: Aligners are removable, making it easier to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would.

Diet Restrictions

  • Fixed Braces: Certain foods such as sticky sweets, hard nuts, and popcorn are best avoided to prevent damage to the braces.
  • Invisalign: Since aligners are removable, there are no dietary restrictions. However, you should avoid eating or drinking anything besides water while wearing them to prevent staining and risk of decay.
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Conclusion

Ultimately, the choice between fixed braces and Invisalign depends on your personal preferences, budget, and the recommendation of your orthodontist based on your specific orthodontic needs.

At your consultation our Orthodontists will assess the complexity of the case and what your desired outcomes are. Our Orthodontists will then make recommendations based on this and provide you with a bespoke treatment plan. If our orthodontists believe aligners are not suitable for your case the reasons for this will be explained thoroughly. 

Be assured that the treatment options our team present to you will be more than capable of achieving your dream smile!

 

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