You need to correct your teeth and you have been learning: metal, ceramic, lingual brackets or transparent Invisalign aligners. The options are many and the prices are very varied so now you are in the dilemma of what is best for you.
As we cannot tell you which one is better since they all have their advantages and disadvantages, in this article we will try to help you choose the treatment based on some factors:
If we were to compare the different orthodontic systems on the market, Invisalign clear aligners would undoubtedly win the battle for street comfort. Thanks to the fact that they are removable, since they do not have any type of wire that pricks or brackets that rub, they turn out to be the most comfortable treatment of all.
Secondly, there would be conventional metal brackets and aesthetic ones, since, although they present some discomfort due to the presence of a foreign body in the mouth, the period of adaptation to it does not last more than a week.
The battle of comfort could be said to be lost by lingual orthodontics, since, by wearing the braces on the inside of the teeth, they can rub against the tongue and interfere a little with speech. However, as in everything, it has an adaptation period of about three weeks, which, once overcome, are very comfortable.
In terms of invisibility, lingual brackets take the cake. As they are placed on the inside of the teeth, they are undoubtedly the most imperceptible.
Second, we would place the Invisalign clear aligners; These plastic splints are slim and fit perfectly so that even at the shortest distances they are completely unnoticed.
Next, we would find the ceramic brackets, which, thanks to the fact that they adopt the colour of each person’s dental enamel, largely disguise their presence.
Obviously, metal braces are the least aesthetic type of treatment of all those named.
When we talk about orthodontics, dental hygiene acquires great importance when choosing treatment, since a device that makes daily cleaning difficult can cause a greater accumulation of food debris and therefore problems such as cavities, inflammation and bleeding of the gums.
Therefore, in this section Invisalign will be the treatment that gets the highest score. As it is a removable system, we can remove the appliance to eat and brush our teeth, and then put the splints back on with a perfectly clean mouth and teeth.
Any of the rest of the bracket treatments (lingual, ceramic or metallic orthodontics), as they are fixed orthodontic systems, we will not be able to take it off to eat or brush our teeth, so it is very likely that more food will accumulate between the brackets and that dental hygiene requires being more meticulous (use interproximal brushes, special dental floss for orthodontics …).
Price is another factor to take into account when choosing orthodontic treatment (many times, in fact, it is decisive).
In this section, metal braces would win the battle, since it is the most common and economical type of treatment.
Continuing with the price factor, in second place, ceramic brackets would be placed, which by using a material that adapts to our enamel, its cost price increases.
Both lingual orthodontics and transparent Invisalign splints (a little cheaper than the previous one), are the least economical systems since they use technologies that require maximum customization of the appliance : in the case of Invisalign, the splints are personalized, they cannot be standardized; and in the case of lingual brackets, each of the brackets is tailored to the specific size of the patient’s teeth.
This level of customization raises the costs of the treatment and therefore also its price for the patient.
We must also take into account the lifestyle of the person who will wear orthodontics. If it is a responsible person, committed to the treatment, your ideal orthodontic system would be the invisible aligners of Invisalign. Since the fact that they are removable, they require that the person who has to wear them is responsible and wears them from 20 to 22 hours a day.
If we consider that the patient will not comply with the commitment to wear the aligners for the hours necessary to be effective, then we will recommend fixed orthodontics. Thus, the effectiveness of the treatment will not depend on the responsibility of its carrier.
Effectiveness / treatment time
Another of the most relevant points when choosing treatment is the effectiveness or speed with which the different systems correct the different problems. However, there is no conclusive evidence that tips the balance towards some orthodontic systems over others.
All of them are equally effective and only in the specific case of each person can we (the doctor) determine if one system is more suitable than another. Therefore, this point would be the one that least should be taken into account when choosing one treatment or another.
We would like to be able to name a clear winner, but the reality is that, although transparent aligners win in more than one category, the decision has to be weighed taking into account the priorities that each person gives to each of the factors described.
In any case, if you have any questions, at the clinic we will explain all the treatments and recommend the one that best suits you.