There was a time when the only option for people who wanted to straighten their teeth was to have traditional braces installed.

Then in 1997, Invisalign was introduced and gave people an alternative teeth-straightening technique.

Both traditional braces and Invisalign have proven to be effective at straightening teeth, but both techniques have their own sets of cons as well.

Braces, for example, cannot be removed, making cleaning teeth a bit tricky. Invisalign, on the other hand, can be easily taken out, but doing so on a regular basis interrupts the supposedly continuous pressure that would move the teeth to their proper positions.

To help you decide which technique to go for, check out the infographic below.

There’s a world of difference between traditional braces and Invisalign.

Most braces, for instance, are made up of metal brackets, wires, and tiny rubber bands. Invisalign trays, on the other hand, are made of clear plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

Traditional braces have also been around for some time now. In fact, devices that resemble braces have been found by archaeologists on Ancient Egyptian mummies from thousands of years ago. Of course, the modern braces we know and use today have been around for about 50 years, while Invisalign was created in 1997.

One of the most common complaints people have about wearing braces is the way they look. Traditional braces, after all, are literally pieces of metal inside your mouth. Invisalign is quite different, as its trays are made of a clear plastic material.

If you’re the type who loves to eat, then traditional braces aren’t the teeth-straightening solution for you. Wearing braces comes with so many food restrictions. You can’t eat sticky and chewy food because you could leave bits of it in the brace’s metal. Hard or brittle food can also be a problem because it can damage the wires and brackets of your braces. Invisalign, meanwhile, allows you to eat whatever you want because the trays are removable.

Braces also need to be worn anywhere from 18 months to three years to work. Invisalign only needs 18 months to straighten your teeth.

Traditional braces can cost anywhere between $1,800 and $5,500. The average cost of Invisalign, on the other hand, can be pegged at $5,000.

So what would it be for you? It’s your orthodontist who should recommend the best option for your specific dental situation. Talk to your dental professional to discuss your specific needs as well as aesthetic concerns.

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