If your problem relates to a “broken smile”, orthodontists in Canberra will typically provide you with two options- Traditional metal braces and Invisalign. As customers, you need to assess several criteria when choosing between these two teeth straightening alternatives. Each has their own set of benefits and drawbacks. The most suitable teeth straightening system depends on your needs, budget, and personal biases.
To make an informed decision, here are some fundamental details that you need to know about Invisalign and metal braces.
Braces are ideal for children whilst Invisalign is perfect for adults
Braces are traditional teeth straightening solutions characterised by metal brackets, wires, and rubber bands. Braces are usually prescribed in early life to effectively resolve any teeth defects that children suffer from. One unique quality of metal braces is that you can choose colourful bands every time you make an adjustment.
On the other hand, Invisalign is more popular among adults due to its discreet nature. You can wear Invisalign confidently for more than 20 hours without the fear of being detected by other people.
Materials used and comfort level
Invisalign is made from quality, BPA-free clear plastic material and is more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. For first time users, metal braces can feel very uncomfortable especially in the first few days after installation. They are also bothersome during eating as food particles can get stuck in between brackets and wires. In addition, chewing on hard objects may also result in brackets breaking loose or the glue losing its adhesive power over time.
Cost and Upkeep
In terms of maintenance, Invisalign requires minimal upkeep. Since this teeth-straightening appliance can be removed easily, you can brush your teeth faster and more efficiently, too. With metal braces, you will need to be more thorough with teeth cleaning as brackets and wires are delicate and can break with vigorous brushing. You will also need additional dental hygiene tools to ensure that your teeth are kept free from food debris.
Lastly, Invisalign is more expensive to install than metal brackets. Invisalign’s clear, almost invisible quality will typically cost you between 6000 AUD and 8000 AUD for the entire treatment, whilst metal braces will only run you between 1800 AUD and 5000 AUD throughout the entire treatment time.
You still can’t decide which of these two are right for you? Call us now on 1300 767 553 to schedule an appointment. For other orthodontic treatment, click here!