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 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.