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Metal Braces vs Invisalign

Minhoon, Dental Technology | Originally Published: 9/10/2019

There are two types of braces: Metal braces and Invisalign.

Which one do you think is better?

What are Braces?

Braces are used to correct a malocclusion (“bad bite”), and can make your teeth go from crowded or crooked to straight.

There two types of braces: Metal Braces and Invisalign.

Confused man with question marksMetal braces have been used for over fifty years, and Invisalign is a fairly new technique that does not require metal or wires.

Which one do you think it is better? Metal braces or Invisalign?

There are pros and cons of Metal Braces and Invisalign

teeth with metal bracesMetal braces are very effective when a patient has a complex problem. It is quicker treatment method, wires cannot be removed by the patient, so the treatment of process is going consistently, and you can pick out your favorite color rubber band :) but it is not estheticly pleasing, which might cause patients  not to feel confident while smiling, and the patient is restricted to certain food that is not too sticky or hard.

Invisalign is less teeth with invisalign straightenernoticeable which gives patient confidence. It is more hygienic, it can be removed for eating, brushing, and cleaning. It is a newer technique but the price is comparable with metal braces. But Invisalign is removable so if the patient does not wear it for certain amount of time it would no longer fit and interupt the process of the treatment. Only for minor treatments such as crowded teeth. Although as the technology develops, Invisalign can be used for some complex cases now and it keeps getting better!

By looking at the pros and cons of Metal braces and Invisalign, they are both fairly relevant. A patient who has complex case can receive the metal braces, and someone who needs a minor adjustment and does not want metal in their oral cavity can use Invisalign.

About The Author

Minhoon is originally from South Korea and is majoring in Dental Technology at LACC. He likes to listen to music, draw, and watch movies during his free time. His favorite part of Dental Technology is that he gets to make appliances that will change someone's weakness in oral cavity to an advantage.