In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the simple differences between traditional braces and modern Invisalign treatments. While both these products have similar or often even identical goals, they work to accomplish them in differing ways, and choosing between them may involve attention to a few different areas.
At Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry, we're happy to assist clients with selections like these as part of our orthodontics services, which are offered to both children and adults as necessary. What are some of the other ways they differ or are similar, and how can you go about making the right choice? Here's a further look at this topic.
One area where both these products have their benefits and drawbacks is in convenience. Braces are typically more noticeable, which may be something you want to avoid as an adult, while Invisalign clear aligners can be taken out for eating and cleaning and aren't as noticeable. However, this also means that you have to remember to put your Invisalign back in, or you won't get the full effect of the treatment. And while they can be taken out, this also means they can get lost, which isn't an issue with braces.
There's no clear winner when it comes to effectiveness, as both these products can achieve great results if used correctly. However, Invisalign may have a slight advantage here in that it can be used to treat a wider range of dental conditions, while braces are more limited.
For instance, Invisalign can be used to treat gapped teeth, while this isn't possible with braces. On the other hand, braces may be a better option for more severe cases of overcrowding.
One area where braces hold an advantage is in the realm of cleaning. Because they're attached to the teeth and do not come off, braces simply require normal brushing and flossing, while Invisalign must be removed for both of these activities.
Additionally, because they're removable, it's easy to forget to put Invisalign back in, which can lengthen treatment times. And if they're not put in correctly, they won't work as intended.
Another area where these two are similar (or even usually identical) is in follow-up appointments. Both Invisalign and braces will require periodic check-ins to ensure that the treatment is progressing as planned and that any necessary adjustments can be made.
There are only a few minor exceptions here, such as Invisalign requiring check-ins more often in the early stages of treatment to ensure that the aligners are fitting properly.
To learn more about the differences between braces and Invisalign treatments, or for help in orthodontics or any of our other quality family dental solutions, contact the staff at Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry today.