Do you feel self-conscious because your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be? Do you have difficulty speaking correctly due to gaps between your teeth or a significant overbite? If so, you may be a good candidate for Invisalign or braces at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL. Today, our orthodontic experts are taking a closer look at the differences between these two effective treatments, including which works faster.
Invisalign or Braces: Which Works Faster?
There are many factors to consider when deciding whether Invisalign or braces are right for you. One of the most significant factors that help people decide is the speed at which each treatment works. Braces can work in as few as four months. However, as a general rule of thumb, Invisalign works faster than braces.
Several factors affect how long teeth straightening treatments take, including the severity of the problems and your orthodontic goals. Usually, you can see your desired results after a year or 1.5 years of wearing Invisalign retainers. On the other hand, it usually takes around 22 months for your teeth to move into their correct positions if you opt for braces.
Can I Play Contact Sports With Braces or Invisalign?
Yes, it is possible to play contact sports, regardless of whether you opt for Invisalign or braces. However, you should keep in mind that your results will take longer to appear if you opt for Invisalign and play contact sports. This is because the longer your retainers are out, the longer it will take your teeth to shift. Ideally, you should aim to keep your retainers in for at least 22 hours per day. However, you’ll need to remove your retainers if you play contact sports.
On the other hand, playing contact sports won’t affect how long your results take to develop if you opt for braces. However, you should keep in mind that you will need to wear an orthodontic mouthguard while playing. There are many reasons to avoid wearing a regular mouthguard. For instance, mouthguards that you can buy from a pharmacy are harder, resulting in discomfort while wearing them. Also, they are more detrimental if a blow to the mouth occurs.
What Dietary Restrictions Exist With Braces or Invisalign?
One popular benefit of Invisalign is that you can eat and drink whatever you want throughout the treatment. However, this treatment may not be the best option for you if you usually graze throughout the day. You have to take out your retainers every time you eat or drink anything besides tepid water. Then, you have to wait 30 minutes after eating and clean your teeth and retainers. The more you snack, the longer your results will take to develop.
On the other hand, there are a number of foods you will need to avoid if you opt for braces. For instance, you won’t be able to chew gum or suck on ice. You’ll have to give up popcorn, nuts, and anything sticky or hard until your braces are removed. Also, if you want to eat a burger or any other form of meat, you won’t be able to bite into it. You’ll have to cut it with a knife and fork and chew it with your back teeth.
What Can I Eat With Braces?
If you opt for braces, you will be able to enjoy lots of soft foods. Some of the best foods to eat while your braces are on include soft pasta, like vegetarian ravioli, mashed potatoes, cheese, pitless fruits, and yogurt. You can even eat soft cookies for dessert.
Also, keep in mind, you will only be able to drink unsweetened beverages, like black coffee, plain tea, and water, if you opt for braces. If you drink anything with sugar in it, like wine, fruit juice, or soda, there is a chance that your brackets will stain. Moreover, you should do your best to avoid carbonated beverages, like sparkling water and diet soda. Sparkling beverages have a tendency to damage the enamel of the teeth.
Am I a Good Candidate for Braces or Invisalign?
Typically, the best Invisalign candidates are adults and older adolescents. Younger adolescents don’t usually make the best Invisalign candidates because their teeth have not yet finished growing. Note, to be considered a good Invisalign candidate, you need to be committed to following all instructions.
You may be a good candidate for braces if your teeth are fairly healthy overall but you’re worried about certain orthodontia-related problems. For instance, you may be considered a good candidate for braces if you are worried about:
- A gummy smile
- An open bite
- Large gaps between your teeth
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
When deciding whether Invisalign or braces are a better fit for you, there are many factors you have to consider, not the least of which is how fast the treatments work. While you can achieve your desired results in as few as 120 days with braces, Invisalign tends to deliver faster results. To determine definitively which option is ideal for you, schedule a consultation today at Parkwood Dental in Bradenton, FL. We’ll see you soon!