Life is full of battles between people, teams, cities, and even countries. Specifically, we are talking about battles of prowess and not battles of life and death or right and wrong. People compete with each other every day to see who is more skilled at completing tasks or playing games. We have the Olympics, in which countries from across the globe send the best they have in an effort to bring home the gold medal that signifies they are the best. If you understand that we live in a competitive world, it really is no surprise that there is competition in the world of dental treatments as well. The one thing you need to remember is that the treatment that has been around longest does not always have the advantage. In terms of dentistry, the battle of braces vs. Invisalign is a prime example. Every champ – like braces – is going to fall at one point or another.
Sometimes It’s Not the One Who Is Favored That Wins
Here are some other classic battles that didn’t end up the way everyone thought they would.
In the early part of the 20th century, there was a boxer named Max Baer. He was huge man who was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. He went into a fight that was considered a foregone conclusion against a much older, much smaller opponent, James Braddock. I’m sure you can guess what happened. Yes, Braddock shocked the world and beat the reigning champ who was bigger, stronger, and favored to wipe the floor with him. Braddock came out on top even though he wasn’t even given a puncher’s chance at winning.
In 2015, fighter Ronda Rousey was a brutal force in the ring who owned an undefeated record, and whose previous four fights had lasted an average of less than 30 seconds. She was the most dominant fighter the sport of MMA had ever seen. She came up against a woman named Holly Holms, who had only a few fights under her belt and was given less than no chance to win. You know what happened? Holly Holms did what no one before her could do. She knocked Ronda Rousey out, and Rousey hasn’t stepped foot in the ring since. Holly Holms shocked the world and sent the unstoppable force “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey home with a loss.
It is not always the one that is bigger and badder that wins. Sometimes it is simply the one that is better.
Tonight’s Main Event: Invisalign vs. Braces
Now, with all of that being said, we have a battle between the “newcomer” in orthodontic treatments, Invisalign, going up against the seasoned and experienced “champ,” traditional braces. Which one comes out on top?
Invisalign – Invisalign is a faster treatment method, with an average treatment time of about 12 months. There is less disruption to your daily routine with Invisalign, as the dental aligners can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating meals. This also means you don’t have to avoid any of your favorite foods because of your efforts to get a straighter smile. But the biggest benefit would have to be how Invisalign affects your appearance during treatment. That is, it doesn’t. The dental aligners are practically invisible and will not adversely affect the way you look. Most people will not be able to tell you even have them in thanks to the clear plastic. These benefits make a strong case for Invisalign.
Traditional Braces – This method uses metal brackets that are bonded to the front of your teeth and wires that run along those brackets to exert force and move your teeth into position. The metal can’t be hidden, and it will immediately affect the way you look. Your diet will have to change as there are foods you cannot eat, and you will have to change the way you brush your teeth so that you are sure to get each angle of the braces. The last part is that this treatment will be with you for two to three years. That is more than twice as long as Invisalign. It is not looking good for the defending champ.
The Fight for Your Smile
In the fight for your smile, it is obvious which option is better equipped to help you handle everyday life and straighten your smile at the same time. By unanimous decision, Invisalign is now the champion of orthodontic treatments.
If you have a smile alignment problem and want to find out if Invisalign can help you, call our Lake Worth, FL office today at 561-877-3673 to schedule your appointment. You can also use our online form to schedule your appointment.