Many adults and children have crowded or bent teeth, with overbite, underbite, or other types of malocclusion. Orthodontics can help you improve your oral health and give you a more confident and beautiful smile.
The two most popular correction methods are Invisalign and traditional braces. Both of these treatments are effective in correcting teeth, and each has advantages and disadvantages.
- Braces are metal brackets that can be glued to the teeth and tied together with metal wires and small rubber bands.
- Transparent braces (also called transparent braces) are orthodontic trays made of smooth plastic that fit your teeth.
Eye level treatment is a kind of “on-the-job” transparent alignment treatment. There are also several “at home” clear targeting options. The home clear aligner is safe, effective, and cheaper than braces.
In the treatment of small malocclusions, clear aligners have been shown to be as effective as braces. When the patient wears braces according to the instructions, the final result of transparent braces treatment is almost the same as the results of braces treatment.
The main difference is that the clear aligner is not ideal for patients with the following diseases:
- Back teeth bite problem
- Need to rotate premolars or canine teeth
- Need to move teeth vertically
- Lack of self-discipline, more than 22 hours a day
Traditional braces are very effective for correcting almost any type of teeth. However, they may not be ideal for patients who often perform rough contact sports.
One of the main reasons people choose transparent aligners over traditional aligners is their appearance. The calibration tray is made of transparent plastic and is almost invisible. They are also detachable and can be quickly taken out to take pictures.
The traditional metal bracket is very obvious and is not removable. For many patients who are already embarrassed by their smile, this is a big scam, but others don’t mind the unique expression brought by the metal wire and bracket.
The cost of transparent aligners varies greatly, especially in office treatments, such as Invisalign aligners, and home aligners, such as Candid Co. and SmileDirectClub. The average cost of treatment (without dental insurance) is:
- Invisalign: 3000 to 8000 USD
- Frank Limited: US$2400
- Bytes: $1895 to $2245
- SmileDirectClub: $1,950
The cost of traditional brace treatment depends on the difficulty of the treatment, your location and the price of your orthodontist. The average cost of traditional braces (without insurance) is between US$1,800 and US$5,500
Robust recommends that if you have a slight misalignment of your teeth, you can use a clean orthodontic appliance at home. Find out if you are a candidate for a clear line.
You will receive several sets of Invisalign aligners at once, and you will need to replace them every two weeks or so. You only need to see a professional doctor once every 6 weeks or so.
For a family with a clear alignment treatment plan, all your examinations will be done remotely, every 6 weeks or so. If you need help, you can also visit the company’s remote orthodontist or dentist network.
Traditional braces need to be adjusted frequently, so you need to see the dentist or orthodontist every four to six weeks.
The average treatment time for clear alignment is 6 to 18 months (depending on the complexity of the case and the compliance of the patient).
The average treatment time of traditional braces (followed by retainers) is 18 to 36 months, which also depends on the complexity of the treatment.
6.Maintenance and cleaning
The aligners can be easily run by brushing them and running them under warm water. It is also recommended to brush your teeth or drink water after each meal. If you don’t do this, you may stain your teeth. You can floss your teeth as usual.
After putting on braces, it is also important to brush your teeth after each meal. Otherwise, food residues will get stuck in the bracket or wire. This may cause poor oral hygiene or stained teeth. You also need to buy special flossing tools to help you clean the brackets and between your teeth.
Except for the pressure and slight pain when the teeth are repositioned, cleaning the braces will not bring any discomfort.
Traditional braces also produce the same discomfort and pressure. They may also rub your cheeks or the inside of your gums, causing irritation. This can usually be treated by buying orthodontic wax from a pharmacy.
If you have more questions about braces and Invisalign, or are still not sure which one is best for you, it is necessary to talk to your dentist or make an appointment with an orthodontist and listen to their suggestions.