Winning Smile: Invisalign vs Traditional Ortho Wires
Brace yourself - straightening your teeth is no simple task. Weighing up the pros and cons of your options is crucial if you’re going to make the right decision. To help you out - we’ve got together the two titans of braces treatment and whittled them down into positive and negatives. Strolling out of the dentists with a straight sparkling smile is always the goal - so let’s find out which one you’re best suited for!
Traditional orthopaedic braces have been around for hundreds of years in some form or another, but you’ll be happy to know that the methods have progressed a lot in that time. If your teeth are very crooked, your dentist may recommend ortho wires to give you the best chance possible. From the very beginning, traditional braces are firmly stuck onto your teeth with little room for manoeuvre. Once they’re on, they’re on - there’s no removal until your dentist says so. This should be seen as a positive, as there’s no chance that you’ll be tempted to remove the braces mid-way through treatment. At the end of the day, there’s a reason that traditional ortho wires have stood the test of time.
Metal braces aren’t strangers to the negatives though. Of course, one of the biggest problems is an aesthetic one. These braces can affect your smile and can cause some self-esteem issues with patients. Brushing and flossing can be more difficult and your diet may have to change to suit your treatment. Also, you may have to visit the dentist for more check-ups when choosing ortho wires.
One thing’s for sure - Invisalign is a product of some brilliant dental science. A massive bonus of Invisalign is the look. These braces are almost invisible and can be a brilliant choice if you have some issues with self-confidence. You also have more control over your treatment, with the ability to remove the braces when brushing, flossing or eating. Ultimately, the Invisalign experience is a much more comfortable one with less hassle, more freedom and a better look.
Even so - everything has its downsides. Invisalign can’t solve more extreme problems with your teeth alignment and require some patient discipline from time to time. Similarly to traditional braces, you’ll have to wear a retainer after the treatment is completed to keep your teeth in check. Also, depending on your situation, you may be required to use some additional attachments in order to achieve the desired results.
When all’s said and done, the end goal is the same whichever treatment you pick. Trust us - finding your smile dazzlingly straight after months of treatment makes it all worthwhile. If you’re still unsure about which path to take, get in touch with our dentists today for a more detailed and personal consultation.