The Benefits and Drawbacks of Braces

By Dental Haven

Braces have remained a go-to teeth-straightening device thanks to a wealth of benefits, but multiple downsides lead people to consider clear aligners. Here’s a breakdown of the pros and cons of traditional braces. 

The Benefits of Braces

Works for Complex Corrections
Braces are a universal treatment that works for minor to complex cases. By adhering directly to each tooth, braces are more powerful than clear aligners, resulting in an incredible smile in even the most difficult circumstances. 

Multiple Options to Choose From
While metal braces are the most affordable option, you can also choose behind-teeth (lingual) and ceramic braces for a more discreet appearance. Without the traditional metal brackets and wires, wearers can still achieve excellent results.

Not Easily Removed
Unlike Invisalign aligners, users cannot remove braces without the help of an orthodontist. But the permanent attachment requires less user responsibility and involvement. There’s no need to remove a mouthpiece before eating or make sure it’s in for at least 20 hours daily. Kids, teens, and adults alike may do better with this straightforward treatment approach. 

Safe to Drink All Beverages
Braces don’t stain and are heat resistant, so wearers can drink tea, coffee, or other beverages throughout the day without the hassle of having to remove aligners or risking the staining of attachments.

The Drawbacks of Braces

Mouth Discomfort
Metal braces are not very comfortable. They take time to get used to and often cause irritation or cuts along the inside of the mouth. 

Braces, especially traditional metal braces, are easily seen by others. While lingual braces and ceramic braces are less noticeable, on average, they are still more obvious than a clear aligner. 

Food Limitations
People with braces shouldn’t eat a number of foods, including gum, bagels, hard candy, and popcorn, which may get stuck in the brackets or even damage the brackets or wires. A poor food choice can hurt and require a trip to the orthodontist. 

Frequent Orthodontist Visits
While some invisible aligner users can do everything remotely, braces require regular orthodontist visits. 

Can Leave Stains
Because metal brackets stay in place for an average of two years, users may find variability in tooth color after removal. Fortunately, most users can fix tooth discoloration by maintaining good brushing habits and whitening teeth after treatment.

The Bottom Line

Braces are better for people with severe crookedness and most kids and teens. Invisalign and other brands of clear aligners are best for adults who want a nearly invisible and more comfortable straightening method, as long as the teeth aren’t too crooked.

People looking into braces should speak with a dentist or orthodontist to see if it is the right fit for them!