Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Nov 16, 2018

It used to be that you only had one option when it came to straightening teeth – metal braces. However, thanks to advancements in dental technology, there is now another choice available with Invisalign. Still, though this new system may be more convenient, you may find that the traditional method is best for you. Your dentist at Hudson Family Dental in Union City, NJ can help you make your decision, but you can inform yourself first by reading on now.

How traditional braces work

Traditional braces are used to fix irregular spacing, alignment issues, crookedness, or crowding issues. They can be made from materials such as metal, ceramic, or a combination of the two. They consist of a system of brackets and wires: the brackets are bonded to the teeth and are attached to each other using flexible archwires. These wires apply constant pressure to the teeth and are tightened periodically to gradually change the position of the teeth. Traditional braces are known to be highly visible in the mouth, though the brackets can be attached to the back of the teeth to be less noticeable. Though advancements have been made with this method that have made the treatment more comfortable and less time-consuming, there will still inevitably be some discomfort each time the wires are tightened. Treatment time depends on the condition of the teeth; it can range from six months to three years.

Caring for traditional braces

Metal braces are fairly high maintenance as they require careful brushing and flossing around the brackets and wires. Additionally, certain foods will have to be limited to prevent damage to the braces and teeth. Following treatment, a retainer will be required to prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original positions.

How Invisalign works

The Invisalign system consists of a set of clear aligners that are worn in a specific order. They can be used to treat crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, and alignment issues. Like traditional braces, they work by exerting a gentle pressure on the teeth to change their position. Many people prefer this newer option because it is more attractive than metal braces (the aligners are nearly invisible), more comfortable, and easier to manage because the aligners are removable. A drawback to this system, however, is that it cannot be used to treat serious orthodontic problems. Treatment typically lasts about a year.

Caring for Invisalign aligners

Keeping the teeth clean is much easier with these clear aligners than with metal braces – the aligners can simply be removed and the teeth flossed and brushed as normal. The aligners themselves need a rinse to be kept clean.

Which treatment is right for you?

If you are looking for a teeth straightening treatment in Union City, NJ, talk to your dentist at Hudson Family Dental. He or she will explain your options in detail, consider your specific case, and be able to make a recommendation based on your needs.

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