Orthodontic treatments have come a long way in recent years. Typically, when you think of braces, you picture traditional fixed brackets. Now, there are more teeth straightening options available to you than ever before.
You may or not have heard of Invisalign, but this modern technique is certainly a strong contender for treating misaligned teeth. We take a look at traditional braces vs Invisalign and the main factors that will influence your decision in either direction.
Traditional Braces vs Invisalign: Which is Best Suited to You?
Traditional fixed braces are designed to treat all types of orthodontic cases, including the more complex studies. They consist of brackets and archwires which are placed across the teeth. While not invisible, you can get brackets that are closely matched to your enamel, or you can choose from a selection of colours.
Cost: From £1,255 – £1950*.
Treatment time: Worn 24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on the individual case.
Aesthetics: Designed to be more discreet if required, but otherwise, can be customised to the colour of choice.
Maintenance: Brackets and wires should be brushed regularly, toothpicks may prove helpful after eating.
Follow up Appointments: Brackets are tightened at regular appointments and the wires may need to be replaced. General maintenance is also required. Appointments are generally every 4 – 8 weeks.
Diet: You might decide to avoid certain foods, particularly if they are sticky, while having fixed braces to make maintenance less time-consuming.
Pros: Fixed braces are the most effective form of orthodontic treatment for patients requiring a more complex treatment. If you don’t have confidence in your self-discipline, then a traditional brace is the best option for you. There are no extra cleaning steps required aside from the regular brushing and flossing.
Cons: You may experience some pain or discomfort from tooth movement, but also potentially some sores from the wires or brackets. Additionally, some patients report some tooth discolouration as a result of the oral hygiene routine becoming slightly more complex.
Where traditional braces may not be as suitable: If you play rough contact sports regularly, you might want to consider another form of treatment.
Invisalign is a popular brand that offers an almost invisible teeth straightening solution. Most popular with adults, Invisalign provides a discreet means of treating misaligned teeth while retaining natural teeth, unlike veneers for example. You will be provided with a set of aligners for each new week or bi-week, depending on your treatment.
Cost: From £940 – £2900*
Treatment time: Aligners are worn at least 22 hours a day (remove for eating and drinking anything but water), for 6 – 18 months on average, depending on the individual case.
Aesthetics: When in place, the clear aligners are hardly visible and often likened to having shinier teeth than normal. Depending on your case, you could also have some attachments that will need to be added onto your teeth to help with movement. The attachments will match the colour of your tooth but may be slightly noticeable depending on the location and size needed.
Maintenance: To clean your aligners, you just need to place them in lukewarm water with the cleansing tablets provided with treatment on top of regular brushing.
Follow up Appointments: Regular appointments are needed every 4 – 12 weeks to check that teeth are moving as they should and so that the dentist can perform maintenance such as interproximal reduction or attachment amendments.
Diet: Where Invisalign needs to be worn for as long as possible, you may consider reducing snacking, particularly in the first few days of your new weekly or bi-weekly brace.
Pros: Invisalign is one of the most discreet methods of tooth alignment and can be removed when necessary. There are no issues with food getting caught like traditional braces, as Invisalign is removed to eat and drink.
Cons: You may experience some discomfort from teeth moving and particularly in the first few days of your new aligners, you might experience discomfort when taking them in and out to eat and drink. Invisalign may start to stain if you don’t brush your teeth after meals.
Where Invisalign braces may not be as suitable: If your case is fairly complex, for example, if there is a need to rotate premolars or canines or move several teeth vertically, then you may not be suitable for Invisalign or could have better success with traditional braces. You need to have excellent discipline in order for Invisalign to work as intended so Invisalign is not suitable for anyone lacking in this area.
Let the Orthodontists at MyHealthcare Clinic help you Decide
So, traditional braces vs Invisalign braces… have you made your verdict? Don’t worry if not as there are plenty of professional orthodontists that can help you make the right decision for your lifestyle.
At MyHealthcare Clinic, we offer free orthodontic consultations without obligation. Upon completion of an expert Ceph scan, worth £100, we can provide you with our advised full treatment plan, based on your preferences of treatment.
If you decide that you’d like to take your first steps towards a confident smile, our affordable monthly finance plans will ensure that your orthodontic treatment is convenient for you.
Contact us on 020 7099 5555 to arrange your free consultation, or for more information, see our orthodontist page.
*Prices based on MyHealthcare Clinic at time of publication.