In the field of orthodontics, technological advancements have created several treatment options for those who want straighter, more aligned teeth.
Conditions that create the need for orthodontic intervention include malocclusions (such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and underbite), irregular spacing, misalignment, crowded teeth, and impacted teeth.
This post will look at orthodontic therapy and two technological marvels in the field – braces and Invisalign. By weighing up the pros and cons of each treatment, this overview will help you to make a more informed decision about your oral health.
Why Should You Consider Orthodontic Therapy?
According to research, there is a growing demand for straighter teeth and jaw correction. In a recent study, a staggering 50% of people surveyed have conditions that require orthodontic treatment.
Various elements contribute to misaligned teeth, including genetics and environmental or developmental factors. When left untreated, teeth misalignment can result in plaque buildup and painful gums. Crooked teeth are also more likely to wear down quicker, while the chances of chipping or breakage also increase.
Those with the condition may also be more at risk of developing inflammatory diseases.
Seeking help for your orthodontic concerns, such as fitting traditional metal braces or the innovative Invisalign, can assist with the abovementioned side effects, like improving your smile and boosting your self-confidence.
But how do you choose which orthodontic treatment is best for you? Read on to learn about the benefits and drawbacks of both braces and Invisalign.
The Case for Braces
People have been interested in straightening their teeth and fixing gaps for a long time. Evidence dating as far back as the era of Aristotle and Hippocrates in 400-550 BC, shows that golden wires were used to bring two skew teeth together.
Since then, the evolution of braces has undergone several changes, both in the materials used and the treatment method.
Modern-day braces use brackets that are placed at the front of each tooth. Wires are then attached to each bracket. Over a period of time, the whole system exerts consistent yet gentle pressure on the teeth and jaw to create the desired alignment.
As braces are both affordable and versatile in design, they are suitable for all age groups and diagnoses, making them the most popular choice among patients.
Braces do come with downsides, though. The treatment can cause alterations in your speech and also affect the way your smile looks. These issues can have knock-on effects on your self-esteem and social awareness.
Other factors include the length of treatment, as well as associated side effects. During treatment, which can sometimes take up to a few years, patients may experience pain and discomfort, especially after a readjustment checkup.
You would also need to watch your diet, avoiding certain foods that may decrease the lifespan of your braces. In addition, a rigorous dental hygiene routine must be adopted to keep your braces and teeth clean. An excellent dental regime will also help reduce the risk of dental disease, an added risk factor for those wearing braces.
How Does Invisalign Compare to Braces?
Invisalign is a relatively new orthodontic treatment designed to straighten and align teeth, much like traditional braces. Over a few months – or more, depending on the misalignment – the patient wears a series of aligners that fit over the natural teeth.
Compared to braces, Invisalign offers a much shorter treatment period, which may be a viable option for adults who don’t want the burden of prolonged dental therapy.
The discreet orthodontic treatment is also better suited for older patients than young children, as the maintenance of the aligners requires more self-responsibility. This entails wearing the aligners for the recommended 22 hours daily and removing them regularly to clean.
While it is a relatively invisible dental solution, as the name suggests, the main drawbacks are the cost and versatility of the treatment. And not everyone is the ideal candidate for Invisalign, as it works best for mild to moderately mild cases of teeth misalignment.
Selecting the Best Orthodontic Treatment
Treatments, braces, and Invisalign offer solutions to help you achieve straight teeth. The decision on which to choose will depend on your unique diagnosis, financial abilities, and personal preferences.
To help you make a more informed decision or discuss a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Taylor Rath of Taylor Dental is ready to help with her innovative approach to orthodontics. The range of services includes cosmetic and general dentistry, as well as Invisalign treatment.