Exploring Orthodontic Options: Traditional Braces vs. Invisible Aligners – Which is Right for You?

Traditional orthodontics moves the teeth using bands, brackets, wires, elastics and other auxiliary methods. Traditional braces are still commonly utilized for more challenging, or complex movements. Ceramic brackets are used instead of stainless steel brackets in cases where traditional orthodontics is the treatment of choice, but aesthetics are of concern.
Orthodontics also includes retainers, which is another option commonly used to move teeth. Retainers are often selected when the movements required are limited. This includes when 1 or a few teeth need to be moved forward, or backward slightly, or to correct a single tooth in cross-bite.
Retainers also are commonly used in adolescents to promote, or direct jaw growth.
Space maintenance and correcting narrow arches are just a few more examples of when retainers are indicated for younger patients.


Clear Braces

Invisible braces have more recently become a popular trend. It has been gaining popularity given the aesthetics of wearing this appliance to readjust teeth. Brands such as Invisalign are responsible for making this concept attractive. You probably wanted to have straighter teeth for a while; perhaps metal braces is not a choice to consider now.

Invisible braces can offer patients the flexibility and convenience to live life without the hassle. This device has enabled many patients to enjoy a better smile every day. “Clear” braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces counterparts by having a less striking or hidden appearance or blending in more with the natural color of the teeth. These brackets are made of plastic or ceramic and function in the same manner to traditional metal brackets. Clear braces are self-ligating, meaning the wire clips into the bracket without needing ligatures.

Traditional Braces

Progressive orthodontics, include clear removable aligners (such as Originator, Invisalign, and ClearCorrect) may be used to shift the teeth slowly into their final positions. Dentists usually do not use aligners for complicated orthodontic cases, such as when surgery, extractions, or palate expansion are indicated. Many Dentists who practise orthodontics do not use these braces as they feel they do not produce the best corrective results as compared to traditional braces, but opinions do vary between the practitioners. This technique works by merely rotating or tilting the teeth (also the roots), whereas the regular ones can only work for parallel shifts. The braces are barely noticeable, and they serve the purpose well to move the teeth gradually into their right position. All this can be done without wires or tightening. Like traditional braces, they do require an improvement of dental hygiene as they have to be removed before eating, and one must floss and brush after each meal. In less complicated cases, spring aligners are an option that is more affordable. They are still reasonably capable of aligning the front six top and bottom teeth.

In a nutshell, traditional braces are excellent as a tool to realign your crooked teeth. Also, invisible braces can be a very good alternative to the traditional braces. Wearers of invisible braces have to take extra effort to take care of oral hygiene during the treatment period.

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