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Is Invisalign a Good Alternative to Braces?

Posted in Braces

You may be thinking about getting Invisalign instead of braces, because you don’t like the look of metal brackets and wires.

Is Invisalign a safe and effective alternative to classic braces, however?

The Differences Between Braces and Invisalign

Invisalign is an orthodontic system that uses clear removable plastic trays to straighten teeth instead of fixed metal wires.

Braces stay on your teeth for the duration of treatment. If you get Invisalign, however, you can remove the appliance anytime you need to for photos, meals, and oral hygiene.

Traditional braces typically need to be adjusted every few weeks. Invisalign also requires orthodontic checkups, but they tend to be faster and more comfortable.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

Invisalign has some great benefits over traditional orthodontics. These include:

  • No-braces look while straightening your teeth
  • Eating all the foods you love
  • Easy brushing and flossing
  • No irritation or sores caused by metal appliances

Invisalign tends to cost about the same as or slightly more than traditional braces. Some people decide the extra expense is worth it to enjoy the benefits listed above.

When Braces Are Better Than Invisalign

For the most part, Invisalign can do the same thing braces do. It is a perfectly safe and effective option. But the Invisalign trays may not be as effective in complicated orthodontic cases. Also, wearing the trays requires a high level of responsibility.

If you can’t remember to wear your Invisalign as directed or have a complex case of crooked teeth, then traditional braces may be the better option overall.

To find out whether Invisalign, braces, or another orthodontic method is best for your smile, talk to an orthodontist in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

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