If you’ve done any amount of research into orthodontic treatment in the past few years, then you’ll know that there are more options to choose from than ever before. Gone are the days when braces were the only way to straighten your teeth and achieve the perfect smile. Many orthodontists today, including our office here at Noble Orthodontics, offer clear plastic retainers like Invisalign. Everyone from teens to adults can benefit from the new Invisalign technology.
But when deciding between traditional braces and retainers, which one should you select? How do you know what you need? While it depends on the severity of your case, the truth is that much of the decision comes from personal preference. Let’s compare the two treatment options so that you can feel better prepared to make an informed decision.
Often called aligners, retainers are an easy way to integrate a teeth-straightening routine into your schedule. The nearly-invisible plastic material is a great selling feature when it comes to products like Invisalign. Unlike traditional braces that are cemented to your teeth, aligner trays can be removed and reinserted at will. This allows for greater flexibility in eating, drinking, and extracurricular activities such as sports or band.
However, Invisalign and similar treatments are better suited to minor corrective cases. If your teeth require a significant amount of adjustment, retainers simply might not be robust enough for you to get the smile you want. Moreover, while they hover around the same price as traditional braces, Invisalign are seen as a cosmetic procedure and may or may not be covered by your insurance. Be sure to check with your orthodontist before beginning treatment.
Braces have been around for decades, and for good reason. The metal brackets and wires are more than capable of tackling the toughest cases. Traditional braces are especially effective with adolescents, whose teeth are still growing and shifting. Since the brackets are cemented to your teeth, there’s no risk of losing or misplacing them.
But of course, 24/7 treatment with no way of removal means that you have to follow very strict limitations when it comes to eating and cleaning. Braces tend to trap food, which could lead to tooth decay and cavities if left uncleaned. Moreover, braces can easily be broken with enough force, so patients should avoid anything sticky, crunchy, or gummy during treatment.
Which Is Right for You?
Noble Orthodontics offers both braces and Invisalign. Schedule a free consultation with us, and we’ll discuss your options to determine which treatment would be better for your case. We can’t wait to meet you and get started!