Dental Braces Vs Invisalign
Dental Braces Vs Invisalign
If you cast your mind back to your teenage years, a day wouldn’t have gone by without the predominance of braces, if you didn’t wear braces than one of your peers would have, it seems being a teenager and wearing braces goes hand in hand, and almost gives you a rite of passage into early adulthood. While most teenagers would have worn braces, there would have been a small number who may have been required to wear head gear, and unfortunately teenagers can be cruel and superficial, if you wore headgear, high school may not have been the best time for you.
However your Orthodontist would not afflict unnecessary hardship without good reason, headgear braces consist of thicker wires that extent outside of the mouth, that are braced by the neck, chin or head, these types of braces provide better support and anchoring for the teeth. Your Orthodontist may be required to fit headgear if there a particularly large gaps that need to be closed, if headgear isn’t used where necessary there may be miss alignment and issues that may affect the correct growth of the Jaw and zygomatic region.
In most cases conventional braces are used to correct the following, over crowding misalignment irregular spacing crookedness and protrusions. These types of braces consist of brackets , wires and elastic ties, the brackets can comprise of alloy, metals or ceramic. After the fitting of conventional braces follow up appointments are required to adjust the braces this usually occurs every 3 to four weeks. The duration for the wear time of braces can vary anywhere from 6 months to two years, in almost all cases the patient will be given a retainer to prevent the teeth from moving back into their original position.
As advances in technology and dentistry progress, there are more options available, gone are the days where braces, or head gear is the only option. There is an alternative option, invisible braces, with the brand Invisalign being the most popular, treating issues such as cross bite, over bite, over crowding and wide gapping. Patients are opting for Invisalign over conventional braces, as they are virtually undetectable as they are less than one millimetre in thickness and made out of thermoplastic , which means there is an aesthetic advantage, as many people feel self conscious about braces.
Invisalign braces are initially fitted within the dental surgery, photos of the patients teeth are taken then Computer aided design technology is used to custom make the clear braces. Patients are usually given 2 sets during the initial fitting and advised to change every 4 weeks, your dentist will check the progress of the treatment during check ups.
Are you a candidate for Invisalign?
Clear braces are usually used for adults and teens in cases where all adult teeth have erupted, as outlined Invisalign braces are perfect for cross bite, over bite, over crowding and wide gaps. However clear braces may not be suitable for more complex issues. Invisalign are not suitable for children due to the nature of the wear times. Invisalign must be worn for a minimum of 20 hours and should only be removed when eating or drinking, with the exception of drinking water.
if you would like more information about Invisalign, you can ask your dentist or you can complete an online smile assessment HERE