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14 Apr

Train Tracks Brackets vs Invisalign 2023


Are you thinking about straightening your teeth?

Or rather, are you confused about which treatment to opt for? Here’s what you need to know before you make that decision.

A handful of treatments are available for straightening teeth. Train tracks and Invisalign are the two most popular or chosen ones. Even so, each has its fair share of pros and cons. Before we understand their pros and cons, let us consider what they are.

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What are Train Tracks and Invisalign?

On the one hand, the train track braces are made up of metal brackets attached to each tooth and connected with the help of wires and rubber bands. On the other hand, Invisalign is made of clear plastic aligner trays that fit right over your teeth.

Train tracks braces vs Invisalign: the contrasting differences

Even though the train tracks braces and Invisalign share their purpose, their contrasting differences make them quite different. Don’t miss out on our YouTube video explaining the differences. Below are the differences that can help you decide which is better and why.

Metal or plastic? Colour or colourless?

Train track braces are made of metal, normally silvery in colour. However, Invisalign consists of plastic, which is why it is colourless. Colorless does not mean that it is entirely invisible. But, it is undoubtedly much better than braces with a prominent colour.

To suit your style quotient, the braces come in different customizable colours. You can also choose a colour almost the same shade as your teeth. Some people find it fashionable to change the colour of their metal braces rubbers when they visit for review appointments to see their orthodontist (braces dentist).

Removable or not?

Braces are not removable appliances, while Invisalign is. Generally, people who use Invisalign can remove it before eating or brushing their teeth. But, people who use braces are not that fortunate. They are up against some inconveniences, such as the possibility of gum ulcers appearing during the initial stage of having had the metal brace fitted or being unable to remove the food particles stuck on the braces. You might even have to give up eating sticky foods. Nevertheless, because metal braces constantly apply force to their teeth, movements are more accurate, and the final teeth’ position is more predictable.

How long is it going to take?

Regardless of wearing metal braces or Invisalign, the misalignment of the teeth can take about 6 months to 2 years. Although it may seem they take the same amount of time, the Invisible, removable brace treatment time depends on how long you wear it in a day. It is recommended to wear them anywhere between 22 to 24 hours a day.

Hygienic or not?

As I have already pointed out, if you opt for them, you will be up against some quandaries with metal braces, such as food being stuck on them. It can be exasperating to get that tiny particle out. Most patients who wear this braces just brush their teeth after each meal to feel comfortable again without food remaining.

You will not have this issue with Invisalign. You can remove them while eating, but you must brush thoroughly before putting them on your back. You could also wear them while eating; this won’t be an issue.

Which is more effective?

In my opinion, conventional braces are more effective than Invisalign. I’m saying so because braces leave you with no option but to wear them 24 hours a day. On the other hand, with Invisalign, you tend to remove it because of the discomfort it causes in the early days; this is only till you get used to it. Also, braces have turned out to be more effective for more severe or complex issues requiring more extensive teeth movements and a higher degree of changes.

A few things to remember

Although they are not an absolute contraindication, you should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, and chewing gum if you choose either of the two options. These actions may cause staining in the case of Invisalign.

To summarise, Invisalign provides many benefits: near invisibility, flexibility, shorter durations, and hygiene. But its main setback is its effectiveness, which ultimately depends on you. So, wearing it 24 hours daily will ultimately lead to better results. Have you made your choice yet? If not, call us at Maida Smiles Clinic today for some sound advice before you decide. We are just a short walk from Maida Vale tube station and St John’s Wood’s famous Abbey Road.