Braces or Dentures? This is a common question we have to deal with here at Vita Dental. Most of our patients still don’t know the best treatment option for malocclusions and missing teeth! Depending on the severity of the dental problem, the budget of the client and his or her preferences we normally give them the ability to choose the option best suited for them after advising them accordingly.
We have to note that the two forms of treatment are totally different. Although they pretty much help us achieve a straight smile and better looking teeth, they work in two different ways to achieve this. Today, we want to highlight the differences between dentures and braces to help you understand the basics, pros and cons of each of the two treatment options. Here are 10 differences between braces and dentures to help you identify the best treatment option for you or your young ones;
- Materials used in the manufacture
Dentures are made from various materials but the most commonly used materials are acrylic, cast metal and porcelain. They essentially are fake teeth and are used as a replacement for missing teeth or broken teeth. Braces on the other hand are made from metals or ceramic depending on the choice you opt for. The metal brackets are glued to your teeth and tied together by small rubber bands and dictate the direction of growth of teeth and the alignment in the mouth.
Dentures are fake teeth and anything fake tends to be cheaper than the natural solution. Comparatively speaking, dentures are almost five times cheaper than dental braces. This depends on the type of dentures you opt for. Some dental braces (invisalign) to be specific, can cost as much as $10,000. Dentures on the other hand are way cheaper.
Dentures are only convenient aesthetically. They are not a reliable option because you can bite into hard foods or brush comfortably. Braces on the other hand will only inconvenience you for a year or so and everything will be fine thereafter. They are almost a permanent solution.
Dental Braces need a lot of care to maintain. You need to clean them properly when they are installed otherwise dirt and bacteria will accumulate in them and expose you to diseases. Dentures don’t need as much attention. They are treated just like normal teeth. They have an advantage in cleaning because you can remove them and clean them before returning them into their position. You only need to be mindful of the way you store them so as not to expose them to bacteria.
- Follow up visits
You need to visit your dentist twice or so in a month to have the progress of your braces treatment monitored. Dentures are a little different though. Once you have them, you don’t need to go back to the dentist unless an issue comes up. Sometimes teeth overgrow the space meant for the dentures and you have to go back for a different sett but this takes time.
- Health ramifications
Braces have no health ramifications attached to them. All they do is control the growth and shape of the teeth-nothing else. Dentures on the other hand are fake replacements and can have some far reaching consequences. There are cases of people whose bodies assume the dentures to be pathogens in the body and this triggers reactions. This makes them a less reliable option.
Dentures are comfortable when you are doing nothing with your mouth. When you are eating or doing something that requires muscle movement, then the dentures can move and this causes discomfort. Remember as the adhesive loses its power, the dentures become looser and this raises the discomfort levels. Braces are only uncomfortable for a limited period of time. They are otherwise a permanent solution.
Braces are best suited for malocclusions while dentures are best suited to replace missing or broken teeth. Braces can’t replace missing teeth, the best they can do is narrow the gap between the teeth while dentures can help to seal the gaps between the missing teeth. Dentures can’t equally help align crooked teeth unless the misaligned teeth are plucked out and new dentures used to replace them. Fair enough!
Braces are designed to last a year or so. They are actually designed to correct various dental problems in less than a year. Dentures on the other hand are meant to be used for close to ten years. Unless a problem arises, they can last up to 10 years before they can be replaced. The only possibility that warrants a sooner replacement is if the gaps meant for the dentures become too small.
In the end, it all depends with the problem that has to be solved. Sometimes it’s inevitable to pull out some teeth and this is where dentures come in hand. In cases where natural teeth can be retained and corrected without being pulled out, braces are always preferred. Talk to your dentist today for the best expert advice.