Orthodontic treatments are the No.1 solution to crooked teeth, crowded teeth, bad bites (underbite, overbite, open bite), and even speech impediments due to teeth misalignment. For decades, people around the globe have undergone this treatment to achieve not only an improved smile but also to prevent any potential dental problems. The most common type of orthodontic treatments we have today are braces and clear aligners. But is one better than the other? And which do I opt for?
Braces or clear aligners?
First of all, the traditional orthodontic braces. The main parts of orthodontic braces that play a part in getting your teeth to the correct position include brackets, bands, and metal wires. There are two orthodontics bracket options: ceramic and metal brackets. Both have the same mechanism and functionality. Ceramic brackets are less visible but more costly compared to metal brackets.
The other popular type of orthodontic treatment is clear aligners. Similarly, they work to get you the perfect smile as metal braces do. Clear aligners or invisible braces are clear plastic which comes in a horseshoe-shaped piece, which is customised and fits perfectly onto your teeth. Patients would typically get a series of clear aligners that will be switched out every few weeks according to your orthodontic plan. Each aligner would differ slightly, so misaligned teeth can gradually get straightened.
Now, which orthodontic treatment should I go for?
Both braces and clear aligners work to fix misaligned teeth and improve alignment. As clear aligners are more discreet, they are a preferred treatment plan for most consumers. Additionally, like a removable retainer, the clear aligners can be removed when necessary. They can be very convenient during mealtimes, brushing, and flossing. However, it may not be suitable to treat all types of malalignment, and it is best to discuss this with your orthodontist or dentist.
Metal braces, on the other hand, cannot be removed until the treatment ends, and there are often complaints of discomfort and gum bleeding. Keeping dental health in check can also be difficult for those wearing metal braces. However, with all that said, metal braces cost less and may be more effective in many cases.
Regardless of orthodontic treatment, both braces and clear aligners can help to align your teeth and leave you feeling more confident. You can check out our article, "Why invisible braces are more than just a trend", to help you decide which braces you want. Do seek out an orthodontist or your dentist to discuss a suitable treatment plan for you and your teeth.
If you're wondering how much Invisalign costs in Malaysia, there isn't a fixed price, as these clear aligners are usually custom-made based on your dental condition. Invisalign treatment can cost up to five figures.