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.
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Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Getting Invisalign sounds like the popular, fast, glamorous, and grown-up way to get a straighter smile.
Is it really any better than traditional braces?
Braces and Invisalign – Similar Yet Different
Braces and Invisalign are essentially the same in how they work on teeth. They both put pressure on key points to bring your smile into uniform alignment. Most dentists and orthodontists consider both procedures to be effective orthodontic methods.
What makes Invisalign and braces different? They each have their strong points that you should evaluate when you contemplate getting orthodontics. Your decision will be based on a mix of both your preferences and needs.
When Braces Are the Better Choice
Braces have a more uniform effect on all the teeth in the mouth. They’re stronger than Invisalign and can correct extremely complex cases. In fact, braces can even pull teeth up or down as necessary to reach the correct height. Invisalign is a bit more limited in that area.
What Makes Invisalign Better?
Invisalign is the winner when it comes to comfort and convenience. While you’ll still have to wear the clear retainers almost 24/7 to get results, you can take them out for simple cleaning and easy mealtimes.
Invisalign is perfect for correcting cosmetic issues in your front teeth quickly and more subtly. It’s also a good solution for correcting teeth that after traditional orthodontic treatment.
It’s pretty clear that neither Invisalign or braces is always the better option. To find out which one is best in your case, however, you’ll need professional advice. Contact a cosmetic dentist or orthodontist in your area to get started.
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Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
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.
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East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
You may have heard of Invisalign as a barely-there method for straightening teeth. But how does it really compare with classic metal brackets and wires? Here are the four main advantages that make Invisalign a superior choice.
Invisalign Looks Better
Invisalign’s biggest appeal is the fact that it doesn’t look like you’re wearing braces. This spares you a year or two of trying to hide your teeth whenever you smile or laugh. It’s also a great way to gradually improve your oral health without anyone even noticing that you’re having orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign Makes Home Care a Breeze
The Invisalign system is a series of clear plastic trays that you can easily remove for cleaning. You can wash the trays in under a minute and then brush and floss your teeth as usual. This saves a lot of time compared with flossing around wires!
Invisalign Lets You Eat Anything You Want
Because the trays are removable, you don’t have to avoid the same foods you would if you were wearing regular braces. Metal wires can be damaged by chewy, hard, or crunchy foods, but those things are all safe to eat when you can just pop out the orthodontic trays.
Invisalign Can Fix Small Problems Fast
Would you like to just straighten a few front teeth? If you get metal braces, you might have to wear them on all of your teeth. But if you qualify for short-term Invisalign, you’ll see results quicker since it focuses on the problem areas first.
The Invisalign method does have its perks, but it doesn’t work for everyone. To find out which orthodontic option is right for you, schedule a consultation with a local orthodontist.
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Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
Invisalign clear aligner trays are made from a translucent plastic. They’re fitted snugly to your individual teeth to encourage them to move. After teeth are repositioned to fit the aligner, they’re ready for the next tray which is also tight. With time, bite position changes just as it would with braces.
Clear trays like Invisalign are a great alternative for those who either can’t wear braces or don’t like the look of braces.
Perhaps you’re also interested in Invisalign treatment, but you’re concerned about possible plastic toxicity.
Is Invisalign safe?
What’s in Invisalign?
Invisalign aligner trays are made from medical-grade polyurethane resin. This means that it is BPA-free and cured to the highest extent possible to prevent chemicals from leaching out.
Safe for All Smiles
The polyurethane material used in Invisalign is FDA-approved, so you can rest assured that the appliance does what it promises to and does so safely.
Chemicals from polyurethane are only likely to leak out when exposed to very high temperatures. The directions for using Invisalign include not eating or drinking with it in. So as long as you don’t have hot tea or coffee while wearing your Invisalign trays, the plastic won’t leach.
It’s also a good idea to clean a new tray before you put it in. Some dentists even recommend soaking it in water to be safe.
Overall, Invisalign and other similar clear alignment systems are just as healthy as traditional braces. If anything, they’re a lot more comfortable.
If you have any other concerns about the safety or effectiveness of Invisalign, contact an Invisalign provider in your area. Start out by asking your local dentist for recommendations.
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Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
Almost everyone would like a straighter smile. But very few adults look forward to getting braces put on.
By way of a disclaimer and warning, you won’t find any DIY orthodontic techniques here. Those are dangerous and we encourage our patients to stay far away from such ideas!
Here you’ll find a few options for tidying up your smile in a completely metal-free manner.
Your solution could be as simple as patching up a tooth with a little tooth-colored filling material.
Dental bonding can be used to straighten teeth in an optical illusion kind of way. If you only need to close up a little gap, then a dab of bonding material could give you a brand-new look in a matter of minutes.
Dental veneers take the dental bonding idea a step further.
Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain placed over teeth, usually replacing a thin uniform layer of enamel on the front of a tooth.
A veneer can be made thicker on one side than the other to give a twisted tooth the appearance of being straight.
The best way to tackle tooth alignment issues sans metal is to go with a clear aligner. A graduated tray system like Invisalign allows you to gradually nudge a few teeth into a more aesthetically-pleasing alignment.
Invisalign is great because it’s discreet, but it’s also removable. You can take out the trays for meals and any time you don’t want to chance them showing up in your smile during a photo.
Ready to try out braces-free tooth alignment?
Ask your dentist for a professional opinion to find out whether a braces-alternative will get you the smile of your dreams.
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12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Teens are the most likely orthodontic patients, since tooth alignment and jaw development are still evolving and hasn’t yet completely formed.
If you have a teen who has a misaligned smile, then you know how concerned they feel about their image. Most kids don’t care for the look and feel of braces. If your child dreads getting orthodontic treatment, then he or she may be a candidate for one of the following “no braces-look” options:
Lingual braces work similarly to traditional orthodontics, except that they go on the inside of the teeth instead of the outside. These braces take some getting used to and can be tricky to clean. But the main benefit is that they won’t be visible in your teen’s smile.
Invisalign is a famous metal-free braces option. It involves clear trays that gradually coax teeth into proper alignment. Your teen will have to be responsible enough to wear the trays as directed for the best results. Aligner trays are removable for meals, photos, easy cleaning, and oral hygiene.
Ceramic braces are a good economical choice if your teenage son or daughter wants an option with low visibility. Ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires can hide the fact that your teen is wearing braces.
Which Ortho Option Is Right for Your Teen?
Which kind of braces is right for your teenager depends on their maturity, confidence, and oral health needs. Invisible braces may not be sufficient to correct your child’s tooth alignment problems. Prepare your teen to accept whatever method is best for their case.
To find out what your family’s options are, schedule a consultation with a dentist or orthodontist in your area.
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Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
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