If you are considering visible braces or invisible braces such as Invisalign, you likely have a number of questions such as: Which is more effective? Which is affordable? With so many options in the world of orthodontic treatment, patients are also generally very concerned with possible lifestyle changes and cosmetic outcomes. But in the end, they want to choose the treatment that will do the best job. You’ve probably heard about metal and invisible braces. But if you had to make the choice today, do you know the difference?
Here at T32 Dental, we believe patient education should play a major role in the treatment process. With that in mind, we design treatment plans that are unique for each patient we see – one that keeps you informed and works for you and your lifestyle.
Let us explain the differences in the types of braces, so you can be one step closer to that smile you’ve always dreamed of having!
What are the types of braces I can consider?
The traditional and most affordable option of the bunch. If you’ve had a friend who’s gotten their braces treatment back in secondary school, you’ll know how much these braces stick out visually. Metal braces utilise several brackets that are attached to each of your teeth, strung together by a metal archwire. While it’s significantly cheaper than its peers, metal braces may cause mouth ulcers and irritation. It may also take 1 to 2 weeks for one to get used to braces.
A relatively similar option to the traditional metal braces. So, what commands its higher price?
With advancing technology, our options for dental braces have increased. So has our desire for less visible solutions. As ceramic braces have their brackets made of ceramic, they can come clear or tooth-coloured, making them blend more easily with the colour of your teeth. The ceramic material used is also stain-resistant and don’t discolour easily. However, ceramic braces are less durable as compared to metal braces. So, if you play rough sports or engage in activities that involve contact with your jaw area, consider getting metal braces instead.
Like metal braces, these braces are made of metal, but attached to the back of your teeth. While on the pricier end of braces’ options, lingual braces are practically invisible (unless someone peers into your mouth) and are great solutions for those looking to get less visible braces. A custom bracket is made for each of your teeth, explaining its price tag. Another benefit of lingual braces is that it doesn’t cause ulcers on the inside of your mouth. However, they can cause tongue ulcers instead and can hinder your speech.
Made of a special thermoplastic material, invisible braces, or Invisalign, are practically invisible and provides the most comfort among the 4 types. Also, unlike the other 3, invisible braces are removable to facilitate eating, cleaning of your aligners, and brushing of your teeth. While it isn’t the cheapest of braces’ solutions, its lack of visibility and convenience makes it an attractive option. However, while removable, it is imperative that patients stick to their treatment plan and wear their aligners for 20-22 hours a day, as failure to adhere to the recommended hours might give you undesirable results.
Depending on your oral condition, Invisalign treatment will take on an average of 12-18 months to straighten your teeth.
Is Invisalign better than the visible braces? – The Verdict
If visible braces aren’t a problem for you, metal braces are likely the best option for you. If you have a minor case of misaligned teeth, you may want to take advantage of that and go for Invisalign as they work better for minor and moderate cases. At T32 Dental, our team has years of experience working with traditional braces and Invisalign and we’ll make sure to design the most suitable treatment plan based on your oral condition.
We’re here to help you find your very best smile! Drop us an online enquiry or call us at one of our branches. We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.