Braces at Any Age
Teeth grow and change with you long after your baby teeth have fallen out. The natural changes in your teeth and jawline can lead to your teeth shifting later on in life, leading to crooked, overcrowded teeth. The only way to correct this natural progression, no matter how old you are, is to get braces.
A variety of braces exist from metal to ceramic braces, to intricate lingual braces and Invisalign braces. Invisalign braces, which consist of clear, removable aligners, have grown in popularity and have proven to be a popular choice among adults and teens. But are they more effective than other types of braces or just less of a conspicuous hassle?
Invisalign or Metal, Ceramic or Lingual Braces?
The only similarity that Invisalign and traditional braces share is that they both straighten teeth. Each type of brace has a diverse set of pros and cons associated with them. It’s best to weigh the options they present as both come with their own set or requirements, maintenance routines and costs that may or may not appeal to you and your unique situation.
Differences, Pros and Cons of Invisalign and Metal Braces
|Metal, Ceramic or Lingual Braces||Invisalign Braces|
|Removable||Can only be removed by an orthodontist and can be time consuming||Yes, can be personally removed|
|Duration of Treatment||24/7 for an average of two years depending on the patient||22-24 hours a day for six to 18 months depending on the patient|
|Equipment/Parts Involved||Brackets, spacers, wires and rubber bands||Clear aligners|
|Maintenance||Requires appointments for wire replacements and general maintenance every four to eight weeks||Aligners must be replaced every two weeks, which can be picked up without a lengthy, uncomfortable appointment|
|Visibility||Can be hidden but never completely invisible||Completely invisible|
|Pros||· More efficient at fixing complex dental issues
· Requires less self-discipline than Invisalign
· Requires no extra steps, just standard brushing and flossing
|· Completely invisible
· No discomfort
· No difficulty eating and stuck food can be removed
|Cons||· Wires and brackets may cause pain, mouth sores and discomfort
· May have difficulty eating sticky or hard food
· Teeth may become discolored or even break
|· Must remove before eating and drinking every time
· Brush after each meal to avoid staining
· Requires self-discipline with daily insertion and removal routine
|Average Costs||$4,800||$3,500 – $8,000|
Ultimately, choosing which type of braces you want depends on your habits and preferences. Invisalign braces are great for people who are self-conscious about the appearance of their braces and can easily maintain the daily routine that Invisalign braces require. Metal braces are suited for people with complex dental issues that may be more difficult to address as well as those who prefer a set-it-and-forget-it approach with less personal responsibility. Neither choice is necessarily the right one; the only correct choice is the informed choice you make yourself.
Choose the Braces That Are Right for You with Timothy Kitzmiller, DDS
Regardless of what type of braces you choose, it’s best to choose industry leading professionals to install your braces to ensure you get the best results. If you choose the Invisalign approach, you can trust Timothy Kitzmiller, DDS to ensure your Invisalign aligners fit properly to correctly facilitate the teeth straightening process, and you can look forward to a convenient, unobtrusive process.
Still unsure what type of braces are best for you? Dr. Kitzmiller and his staff can help advise you on what braces would best suit you after examining your teeth, mouth and jaw’s structure. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation or an appointment.