Understanding Your Choices
One of the first choices to be made when the orthodontist suggests braces is whether to go with traditional or invisible braces. There are times when the choice is obvious and one option is much better for the person than the other. In most cases, though, it comes down to personal preference. If you’re trying to choose between traditional braces vs invisible braces for yourself or your child, there are a few factors to consider. At Wanuck, Hier & Associates in Jupiter, FL, we can help you decide on which type of braces is the right ones for your needs.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
Even with the great number of advancements in orthodontic technology in recent years, traditional metal braces still have advantages. They are stronger, sleeker and more stylish than their ancestors, and they can handle most types of dental treatment.
Additionally, with traditional braces, there is no risk that the person will neglect their own treatment; there’s no way to take them off. Traditional braces are often more affordable than the invisible variety as well. The skilled professionals at Wanuck, Hier & Associates can help parents and kids in Jupiter weigh their options and choose the right braces for them at the right prices.
Possible Downsides of Traditional Braces
Probably the greatest drawback to traditional braces vs invisible ones is that the former require more diligence. The patient must stay on top of oral hygiene and avoid certain foods, like those that are crunchy, hard or sticky.
The person wearing the braces might go through some discomfort during the first week or so of wearing them. Also, they are noticeable, but that’s something that many people actually prefer.
The primary reason that some people prefer invisible braces over traditional options is that they blend in and are less noticeable in the mouth. Self-ligating clear braces were a revolution in orthodontics when they were first developed. Now, they are quite common and well-known.
Patients who choose self-ligating clear braces do not have to make a choice between clear braces that can stain and traditional braces because these clear braces aren’t prone to staining. These invisible braces have been tested extensively and shown to work well.
Possible Downsides of Invisible Braces
When weighing one’s options between traditional braces vs invisible braces, it’s also important to consider some potential drawbacks of invisible options. For example, invisible braces can be more expensive than traditional options and, because they must be removed from time to time, there is pressure on the patient to maintain their own treatment. It’s also important to consider the way teeth move and how long it will take them to move using invisible braces.
These considerations are the purview of orthodontists and other specialized dentists. If you’re choosing between traditional braces vs invisible braces, call Wanuck, Hier & Associates in Jupiter to schedule an appointment. We’ll be happy to review your situation and suggest the right braces for you or your kids. Our office in Jupiter is focused on pediatric dentistry and orthodontics.