Most people naturally have straight and perfect teeth, which give them a beautiful smile, a clean bite, and great ease when chewing or speaking.

Unfortunately, those who lack perfect teeth (e.g., spaced, misaligned, or crooked teeth) experience challenges such as poor speech, hygiene issues, and dental injuries and often suffer low self-confidence.

Proper use of orthodontic braces can help correct dental misalignment, thus improving speech, bite, chewing, and self-confidence when talking, smiling, or laughing.

These teeth-straightening devices come in various shapes and sizes and can be designed to meet your specific needs. In this post, we will focus on traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners.

We also look at the pros and cons of each orthodontic device and considerations that should be made when using them as a dental treatment option.

What Are Invisalign Aligners?

These are fixtures made from clear material with a series of invisible and comfortable aligners that help improve the alignment of your teeth. In addition, the clear nature of the braces makes them discreet.

Invisalign aligners appeal to users keen on their appearance and aesthetics. The braces are removable, and there is no need to worry about their discoloration as you eat or drink. They are also easy on the gums, and you need not worry about oral irritation.

What Are Traditional Metallic Braces?

Traditional braces are made from metallic brackets connected by arch-wires whose adjustment encourages teeth movement and realignment.

Metallic braces are more affordable, durable, and the most popular option. The best part is that they come in different shapes and sizes, and you can choose from other types of metals, such as silver and stainless steel.

Metallic vs. Invisalign Braces – Which is best?

As mentioned above, the ultimate goal of metallic and Invisalign orthodontic braces is to correct misaligned and crooked teeth.

If misaligned and crooked teeth are left unattended, they can affect your speech, jaw function, and ability to bite and chew. The devices can also improve your looks.

Traditional metallic and Invisalign braces provide a seemingly similar solution. But there will always be a preferable orthodontist choice based on various factors. Dentists will often consider the following factors before choosing Invisalign or traditional metallic brace options for their clients:

  • The shape and size of the jaw
  • Teeth that need removal
  • The type and number of missing teeth
  • The severity of crowding and misalignment of teeth
  • The age, budget, and lifestyle of the patient in question
  • Problems experienced during speech, chewing, and biting
  • The presence of teeth or gum diseases
  • The patient’s oral hygiene habits
  • The period of orthodontic brace use

Working with a licensed and professional orthodontist should help you make the right choice after all these considerations. Also, an experienced orthodontist will ensure that you get safe care and a successful outcome.

What About the Effectiveness of At-Home Clear Aligners?

Invisalign aligners have improved teeth alignment to be more discreet, quick, and appealing. So it is no surprise that most service providers have become more competitive and are now selling ‘at-home aligners,’ which are more convenient and less expensive.

With the at-home aligner option, you must submit a mold of your teeth, and you will get the aligners delivered to your designated destination. The offer is appealing and prompt, but the in-person orthodontist evaluation required is often overlooked.

Most patients buy a promise with no dental professional to back the experience and ensure it goes down perfectly. The conveyance of such dental fixtures without the supervision of dental professionals poses more harm than good to the patients who may get costly, ineffective, faulty, or damaged orthodontic braces that could worsen their dental problems.

So, What’s the Best Way To Go?

Ideally, seeing your orthodontist in person and getting a dental check-up followed by proper treatment and after-service support is prudent to achieve the best outcome.

If cost is a deterrence, it is advisable to seek your dentist’s help to maximize your insurance benefits and get the best payment plan.

Are your crooked, crowded, misaligned, or widely spaced teeth a bother? Please do not hesitate to contact us today!