Invisalign® vs. Braces
Did you know that 56% of the people in the world are affected by a dental condition known as malocclusions? People in Africa have the highest rate of malocclusions in the world. Around 81% of the people in Africa suffer from different forms of malocclusions that affect the way they eat, talk, and smile. In the continent of America, 51% of the population has malocclusions.
Malocclusions, or bad bites, are all of the problems that hinder the straight alignment of teeth on the dental arches. Because the teeth are not aligned properly, next to one another, it gives the person an unpleasant smile. For instance, the overlapping of teeth makes it difficult for people to bite and chew their food, and in case there is too much space between the teeth, it could affect the way a person pronounces certain words.
The most common malocclusions or bad bites are as follows:
|Crooked or misaligned teeth
To treat mild to moderate cases of malocclusions, the dentist will recommend that you wear some kind of a dental device that will exert constant pressure on the teeth and cause them to shift from their position, bringing them back into alignment.
More often than not, dentists will recommend wearing traditional braces, retainers, or Invisalign® to straighten the teeth depending on the severity of your malocclusions, the results that you desire, and your choice of aesthetics.
Invisalign vs. Braces-What’s the Difference?
Traditional braces are dental devices that are worn on the teeth for a period of one to two years and help to correct malocclusions. The metal wires that wrap around the teeth and are held in place with the help of metal brackets exert slow and constant pressure on the teeth, causing them to shift from their place and align neatly on the dental arches.
Traditional braces are non-removable and can look unsightly, especially if the wrong kinds of braces have been selected. There are many kinds of traditional braces. Even though each one offers a different aesthetic experience, they all contain the two basic components of a dental brace - stainless steel wires and brackets.
For example, the invisible braces are the ones that use tooth-colored brackets and sometimes even tooth-colored wires to make the dental braces almost invisible. Hence, the name.
Lingual or incognito braces are the ones that are attached at the back of the teeth so that they remain hidden from view.
Braces are found to be extremely effective for treating mild to moderate malocclusions.
On the other hand, Invisalign is a patented dental device that is effective for treating only slight malocclusions. The clear plastic trays were specially designed to help those who are looking for a more aesthetically pleasing option for correcting their malocclusions. The clear plastic trays apply slow and gradual pressure on the teeth, but at the same time, are so transparent that people will never acknowledge their presence on your teeth. It will be a great confidence booster for you as you no longer have to cover your mouth while you laugh or speak.
Moreover, unlike traditional braces, Invisalign trays are removable and can be kept inside their cases while you eat, sleep, or brush your teeth.
If you are looking for the best orthodontic treatment options to correct your malocclusions, then visit us today at Beautiful Smiles. You can also call us at (530) 206-9211 to book your appointment.