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Invisible Braces vs Metal Braces

Invisible Braces vs Metal Braces

Braces are used to straighten misaligned teeth, correct overbite, underbites, malocclusions, deep bites, crossbites, crooked teeth, and open bites. They are also used to fix the gap tooth.

There are different types of braces; the most common are the traditional metal braces and invisible metal braces.

Invisible Braces

Most times, the thought of using braces tends to scare most people because of the stigma and discomfort attached to people who use traditional braces. Invisible braces are also referred to as braces or lingual braces.

In recent times, more people have opted for the use of invisible braces and here are some of the reasons why people go for invisible braces.

Advantages of Invisible Braces

  • Invisible braces are made as custom-built for a tight fit; they are best for adults and teens
  • They are used for patients who have mild or moderately crowded teeth or minor teeth spacing problems.
  • They can be removed for 2- 4 hours a day.
  • They can be removed for flossing, eating and brushing to maintain oral health.
  • The duration of wearing invisible braces varies but usually takes within 10 to 24 months.
  • It can be used to avoid the traditional “metal mouth” of people who wear metal braces.
  • Invisible braces provide a better aesthetic look than metal braces.
  • They are a hundred percent customizable.
  • It is possible to eat anything as long as the braces are removed before eating.
  • Using invisible braces means spending less time for a dentist’s appointment.
  • Discomfort is avoided as there are no metal protrusions, brackets, wires, and other metal to puncture or scratch inside the mouth since they are made of smooth plastics.
  • They are light weighted.
  • The use of invisible braces is entirely computerised, and patients know what to expect at every stage of treatment.

The downside of invisible braces includes

  • It cost more to get and maintain when compared to other types of braces.
  • Their use is not recommended for children and young teenagers who still have baby teeth.
  • After eating or taking anything other than water, the teeth have to be brushed before wearing the braces.
  • There may be temporal slurring of speech while using invisible braces.
  • Removing the braces to eat in public places may be embarrassing.
  • The use of invisible braces requires self-discipline and motivation to wear them consistently.
  • There is the risk of the braces getting lost because they are removable.
  • The loss of an invisible brace may result to delay in treatment and additional cost of getting a new one.
  • The pain will be experienced in the first few days of wearing them.

Metal Braces

They are popularly called traditional braces. Invisible braces are not always suitable for all persons, and an orthodontist may recommend the use of metal braces. It is important to know some of the advantages of using metal braces.

Advantages of Metal Braces

  • It is used for more severe treatment like extreme overcrowding.
  • Misplacement of braces is impossible since they are fixed and cannot be removed
  • Metal braces tend to give a better result because they are made from more durable materials.
  • They cost less to get.
  • Metal braces are very adaptive and can be used for any type of orthodontic correction.

Downsides of metal braces are

  • They are considered unsightly and uncomfortable.
  • Food can get stuck in them without the wearer noticing.
  • It is impossible to remove it on special occasions while treatment is ongoing.
  • There is no clear idea of what to expect and how long treatment will last
  • It is difficult to brush and floss effectively.
  • There are lots of food restrictions
  • Metal braces require brackets and wires.
  • They can break while being worn.
  • Sometimes metal braces cause allergy through demineralisation of the teeth.
  • There will be regular orthodontist

In most cases, the type of brace to use would be recommended by the dentist or orthodontist.

Generally wearing any brace requires good oral hygiene to reduce tooth decay, gum and bacterial infection during treatment.