Are Braces Better Than Clear Aligners?
Metal braces have been the golden standard in orthodontics for a long time. With the invention of clear aligning trays like Invisalign®, many are seeking other methods that avoid the use of metal. Clear braces are an alternative method of teeth alignment that involves custom-fitted plastic aligners, but can they address the same issues as traditional braces?
Looking into your Options
There has been much debate over what conditions clear aligning trays can treat. While this method can generally perform just as well as traditional metal braces in minor to moderate cases, metal braces still remain an exceptional option for addressing all forms of malocclusion and misalignment, from the minor shifting of teeth to completely rotating teeth 90 degrees.
Clear aligning trays can only address minor forms of misalignment and hardly touch upon complex bite issues. This method is generally used to help straighten teeth for cosmetic purposes rather than for functionality. While trays can be utilized for the adjustment of jaw alignment, braces generate the necessary force to pull the jaw forward and back and therefore are recommended in extreme cases.
However, clear aligning trays present a host of benefits otherwise not found with traditional braces:
· Virtually invisible, allowing patients to hide alignment treatment and improve comfort during social settings
· Removable, preventing diet restrictions and supporting better at-home dental hygiene
· Metal Free, which can be much safer during sporting activities and won’t irritate patients with metal allergies
The Benefits of Traditional Braces
Traditional braces straighten teeth using a method that involves cementing metal brackets onto teeth. These brackets are connected using a wire that’s designed to slowly move teeth into an ideal position. Braces are usually adjusted once every month to accommodate the patient’s new dental structure.
Braces are suggested to address complex cases of misalignment and malocclusion. Braces treat gaps, overcrowding, underbite, overbite, crossbite, instances of jaw misalignment, as well as teeth that have erupted at a 90-degree angle.
Are braces better than clear aligners? It comes down to satisfying the needs of each individual. Invisalign can be a perfect treatment option for patients seeking minor to moderate levels of alignment, and braces can be the perfect treatment option for patients in need of complete realignment of their jaw and teeth.
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Discover your options for teeth alignment by calling or visiting our practice and speaking with our dentist. Schedule your consultation to find out which alignment treatment is right for you.