Both traditional metal braces and the clear Invisalign system are great methods for straightening up crooked teeth. But how do you decide which is right for you?
Consider the following.
The very first fact you need to establish is what your teeth actually need. Some cases are too complex for a clear tray to fix. For example, teeth that are still stuck in the gums usually need to be nudged into proper alignment by brackets and wires.
You don’t have to rule out Invisalign altogether if you have very crowded teeth. It’s actually ideal for making small and fast cosmetic alterations to your tooth alignment. But don’t be surprised if a dentist recommends regular braces if they can get more done in less time.
Braces are convenient in that you don’t have to remember to put them in or take them out. On the other hand, Invisalign appointments are usually much shorter than regular braces visits. Plus, it’s easier and faster to brush and floss when you have Invisalign compared with braces.
When it comes to comfort, Invisalign is the clear winner. There are no sharp metal wires and brackets to deal with. You’ll also enjoy your meals more with Invisalign. You simply take out the trays to eat. Braces require avoiding a lot of specific meals and snacks to avoid damaging the appliances.
Last but not least, think about how important appearances are when it comes to your orthodontic treatment. Braces are a high-visibility treatment option whereas no one has to know you’re wearing Invisalign. Fortunately, tooth colored ceramic brackets are always an option!
Contact an orthodontist or cosmetic dentist in your area to learn more about both orthodontic options.
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
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:
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
Is your orthodontic journey a toss-up between regular braces and InvisalignⓇ? The following five facts may help sway you in favor of the clear plastic aligners.
No strings attached – or wires, that is!
You’ve probably heard a lot about how much of a struggle traditional braces can be. All those attached metal brackets, sharp wires, and tight bands… But InvisalignⓇ is free of all of that. Some InvisalignⓇ sets require attachment buttons on the enamel for a snug fit, but that’s nothing compared to the discomfort of a “metal mouth!”
If you don’t brush very carefully every day while wearing braces, leftover plaque can demineralize the enamel and leave behind chalky white spots and circles when your brackets come off. InvisalignⓇ, on the other hand, is removable for easy old-school brushing and flossing.
That removable feature of InvisalignⓇ is also well-loved since it allows you to eat all the foods you enjoy. Did you know that wearing regular braces could make even things like carrots, bagels, and tortilla chips off-limits?
It can be your little secret.
InvisalignⓇ is named what it is, because it’s, well, virtually invisible. No one you talk with really knows you’re wearing an orthodontic aligner unless either you told them or they were looking for it. Straighten your teeth in secrecy!
Finally have that time to get your teeth fixed!
Because InvisalignⓇ is sans all those wires and bands, maintenance and check-up visits tend to go a lot faster than traditional orthodontic appointments. You can finally fit orthodontic treatment into your busy schedule.
Reach out to your dentist or orthodontist to learn more about the great benefits of InvisalignⓇ and find out if you’re a candidate for treatment.
Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
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