Many patients have asked us which option is best for them. It is a very personal decision, so we thought we’d provide you with some information to take with you if you need some time to think about your alternatives.
Aligners vs Braces
Aligners can treat the majority of orthodontic problems, but not all of them. As a result, at your initial session, you should discuss with your orthodontist which choice would help you get the best results.
In many cases, however, both alternatives are accessible, so you can choose based on what you prefer and what best matches your lifestyle.
Braces are metal or porcelain appliances that adhere to your teeth. Metal wires and rubber bands are then utilized to apply force to the teeth, allowing them to move into the proper position.
Aligners are constructed of plastic and custom-made to suit your teeth. Each aligner gradually moves the teeth towards their final position. Small lumps of composite resin (tooth-coloured filling material) are added to various teeth to help the aligner grab the tooth and move it correctly.
Advantages of Aligners:
Aligners are less obvious than braces since they are clear and custom-made for your teeth. This can be an issue for many, but not all, patients.
Diet: Removing aligners does not impact your eating habits. You will still be able to eat the items you prefer. Some foods are difficult or uncomfortable to consume while wearing braces, and breakages can cause treatment to be delayed and necessitate additional visits for repairs.
Hygiene: Your aligners are removable, allowing you to brush and floss normally. This is essential since many people struggle to clean their teeth while wearing braces.
Predictable: Pre-planned tooth movement by your dentist can simplify and reduce visits to the practice. This can be a significant benefit for individuals who have busy lives!
Comfort: Aligners typically provide more comfort than braces. Although the teeth may still feel sore when they begin to shift, the lips and cheeks are less bothered since the plastic aligner is smoother than metal or porcelain braces. This could be especially important for those who play contact (or semi-contact) sports.
Disadvantages of Aligners:
Compliance: To be effective, aligners must be worn for 22 hours per day. This means they are only removed when eating or cleaning. Compliance yields outcomes!
Diet: Aligners should be removed for eating and cleaning. Some patients may struggle to do this in public if they are shy or ashamed about it.
Effectiveness: Aligners are effective in most cases, but not all. In difficult cases, your orthodontist may recommend braces over aligners. If you insist on using aligners, the end outcome may not be as exact.
Cost: Aligners may cost more than braces. However, in many circumstances, they are close or identical. Before you make a decision, talk to your orthodontist about the cost of your alternatives.
Advantages of Orthodontic Braces:
Suitable for all cases. Aligners can treat the majority of cases, while braces can treat all of them. This implies that braces are always an option.
Braces come in a variety of metals and colors. There are also porcelain braces, which are far more discrete than traditional metal braces.
Compliance: Braces are fixed to your teeth, making it impossible to forget or lose them. This can be beneficial for certain people who are not internally motivated to wear aligners consistently.
Disadvantages of Orthodontic Braces:
Hygiene: Cleaning teeth with braces is more challenging than with aligners. If teeth are not cleaned properly, they might sustain serious harm. This may lead to the decision to remove your braces early, before the best possible ultimate result is attained.
Diet: Wearing braces may necessitate dietary changes. Hard foods (or nighttime grinding) might create breakages, slowing or stopping your treatment process. Sugary and sticky meals should also be avoided because braces make you more prone to decay. A poor diet combined with inadequate cleanliness is a formula for catastrophe!
Comfort: Braces can irritate the cheeks and lips, making them uncomfortable. Some patients suffer from it more than others, and it is frequently a concern for people participating in certain sports and hobbies.
Visible: Braces are more visible than aligners. This is significant for some patients, depending on their profession, interests, and personalities.
Time-Consuming: Brace visits are typically longer and require active modifications in the chair. There may be a need for more regular visits.
When deciding on orthodontic treatment, there are numerous factors to consider. Hopefully, the information provided above will help you decide which option is best for you. There are no right or wrong choices, but being knowledgeable about your decision and what it will mean on a daily basis is critical. Determine which advantages or disadvantages are most important to you in order to make an informed decision. Most importantly, ask questions from your dentist at Fine Feather to ensure that you have all of the necessary information to make an informed conclusion.