Studies shown an attractive smile contributes to self-esteem, but not just for appearance. Aligned teeth can also improve your ability to effectively bite, chew and speak, as well as helping to achieve healthy teeth and gums.
If you are self-conscious about the way your teeth look and considering have them straighten, you might wonder which is more cost effective? Which is more comfortable?
Invisalign and braces were both designed to straighten misaligned teeth, what are the pros and cons?
Metal braces were the only way to correct misaligned teeth in the past. These appliances are fixed on teeth to prevent loss or damage which also made it harder for daily brushing and flossing. They are commonly thought as for school kids but practically they are for all ages. Metal braces work better for complex cases and there is no self-discipline needed to achieve success. However, you want to avoid hard, crunchy and sticky food during treatment.
Meanwhile, invisalign were introduced in the late 90s and the early 2000s. This new undetectable way to align teeth has become more popular nowadays. The removability allowed normal eating, no food restrictions, brushing & flossing, and no discomfort from wires seems to be more suitable for adults. Although the self-discipline needed will be a disadvantage to achieve success; You have to put them in everyday for more than 20 hours, remove for food and brushing and flossing.
There is no such a perfect option, the best way to figure out which teeth aligning method you should choose it to talk to your orthodontist or dentist.