Crooked teeth are one of the most common dental problems in Australia. There are many causes of this issue, but the only solution to all of it is through straightening. Before, the only choice for treatment was to have braces on your teeth. With the many advancements in the dental industry, there is now a second option.
For first timers, you may have a lot of questions on which one to choose for your teeth. Are braces more effective and affordable? Or is Invisalign the clear-cut solution? Basically, the choice depends on your particular situation and the condition of your teeth or as suggested by dentists.
Appearance and Feeling
In terms of structure, braces are tiny metal brackets glued to each of the tooth and connected together by a metal wire and rubber bands, and it comes in different colours. Invisalign, on the other hand, is made of soft and clear plastic that appears invisible when worn on the teeth, similar to a mouthguard.
You may find Invisalign more comfortable than braces because you may take it off whenever you want, unlike braces, which is irremovable. Depending on your teeth’s condition, you may have to endure the uneasiness with braces for at least two years. With Invisalign, you may just need six to 18 months.
Price Rates and Maintenance
The cost of both treatments depends on your dental clinic. The average braces rate, though, is about $1,800 to $6,000; while Invisalign may cost your approximately $5,000 on average. Follow up visits, on the other hand, is every month for braces and four to six weeks for Invisalign, with aligner tray changes.
Advantages and Disadvantages
On top of the pain, sores, and discomfort, braces appear more effective for complex problems. As it is permanently situated, it takes less temptation to leave it off, leading to a more successful alignment. Moreover, there’s no need for added oral hygiene routine, just regular brushing and flossing.
Despite a higher demand for maintenance and attention, Invisalign eliminates the common eating issues with braces, such as food getting caught and difficult time to chew solid foods. Its clarity lessens the restlessness of some who find braces unsightly on the teeth and the pain from the wires and brackets.
Braces and Invisalign both have significant pros and cons. No matter what your choice is, remember to always brush your teeth and keep it in good condition to avoid oral problems.