Many people are faced with the difficult decision of straightening their teeth. Your options for this would be to either braces or Invisalign and it can often seem like a hard choice, but you have your orthodontist to help guide you in making an informed decision based on what type of problems need correcting.
There is no one-size fits all solution, but being informed about all of your choices will help you make the right decision.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of your teeth, although now there is a growing trend towards more comfortable braces that can be fixed behind the teeth instead. Invisalign treatment uses clear plastic aligners custom-made for each patient’s mouth by scanning their smile with 3D technology. The aligners move tiny steps at time until they come into alignment with one another, correcting any orthodontic issues along the way.
Worried about how you’ll look?
Invisalign is virtually undetectable! It is easily concealed and doesn’t really change your appearance.
Braces are sometimes bulky and definitely more easily noticed; although some people don’t mind the way they look with braces!
Don’t want to change the way you eat?
Invisalign trays should be removed while eating so you do not have to change the way or what you eat. (Removing trays during the day does add on a level of responsibility- they could be easily lost)
Braces are not removed during the course of treatment so you may have to exercise caution in what types of foods you are consuming during this time.
Other Pros of Invisalign? Other Cons of Invisalign?
- Fewer appointments – Not for complex cases
- Less pain -Must be able to keep track of aligners and change them when needed
Want your teeth straightened ASAP?
Braces are often faster at achieving desired results vs. Invisalign. They can force the teeth into their right positions whereas Invisalign gently guides them over a period of time.
Have a complex case?
No worries, all hope is not lost! Braces can take on some of the most complex cases. If you do not have a lot that needs corrected then invisalign might be the way to go!
Other Pros of Braces? Other Cons of Braces?
-Precise & quicker results can be achieved – Brushing & flossing is harder-About the same cost as Invisalign -More frequent appointments