If your teen requires treatment for crooked teeth or bite issues, your orthodontist has likely already outlined the available treatments, including traditional metal braces or invisalign. However, while our orthodontists always do their best to ensure you are fully informed about treatment options for your teen, we understand that sometimes you need a little more information before making a decision.
To make sure you have all the information you need, we’ve put together this handy guide to help you and your teen make the best decision for their orthodontic treatment. Keep reading below to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of metal braces and invisalign.
What You Need to Know About Braces: Pros and Cons
As one of the most common orthodontic treatments, it is not uncommon to see teens and even adults sporting mouthfuls of braces. This orthodontic treatment consists of metal brackets glued to your teens teeth with a wire tying the brackets together and exerting a light force to straighten their smile.
What Are the Pros of Traditional Braces?
Although many people view braces as unflattering and dated, this traditional orthodontic treatment still has many benefits that newer orthodontic treatments don’t, including:
If your teen requires more extensive or complex treatment, traditional braces are likely the best route. Unlike invisalign, conventional braces are able to successfully treat a range of issues, from simple straightening to complex bite correction.
Suitable for all ages
One of the main advantages of traditional braces is that they are suitable for all ages. Most particularly, however, is that they are most suitable for younger patients whose mouths are still developing as they allow orthodontists to incorporate additional appliances as treatment progresses.
Colour and material options
While most parents remember braces as “train tracks” of unflattering and uncomfortable metal, advances in orthodontic material have made braces more comfortable and discreet than ever. Braces are now available in a range of materials including non-metal options, such as ceramic tooth-coloured braces, as well as with low profile wires that are less noticeable against the teeth.
Although invisalign prices have been steadily dropping, traditional braces still remain significantly more affordable. On average, conventional braces will cost between $1800 and $5500, depending on treatment complexity, whereas invisalign will likely cost at least $5000.
What are the Cons of Traditional Braces?
Despite these benefits of traditional braces, there are still some disadvantages to this conventional treatment, including:
- – Aesthetic challenges: many teens find that the appearance of the metal brackets and wires used in conventional braces is unappealing
- – Pain and soreness: traditional braces are also known to cause soreness and mouth pain from necessary periodic adjustments and tightening
- – Irritation: the metal appliances are also known to cause irritation to the insides of the lips and cheeks
- – Hygiene obstacles: since traditional braces are not removable like invisalign, they can be more difficult to clean and can cause excessive buildup and tooth discolouration