Should I Choose Invisalign or Braces?

Are you interested in straightening your smile, but are unsure whether you should choose Invisalign or braces? We’re here to help you decide!

Side photo of two smiles, black & white with braces & color photo of a straightened smile

What Are Braces?

Let’s begin by explaining what braces are. Traditional braces are made of metal and wire. They can fix even the most complicated of alignment issues. Some examples include crowding, gaps, buck teeth, overbites and underbites. Additionally braces can fix open bites (when a gap is created between the front teeth when you close your mouth), and mismatched midlines (when the middle of the lower and upper teeth don’t line up).

How Do Braces Straighten Teeth?

The metal and wire that make up traditional braces are the mechanisms that reposition your teeth. Braces use brackets which are small metal squares that are adhered to your teeth. Wires are attached to the brackets, providing pressure to the brackets in order to straighten your smile. Occasionally, your braces will need to be adjusted so that the wires and brackets can continue to push your teeth into the right alignment.

Trio of photos showing a woman inserting and removing the Invisalign tray with the last showing a straightened smile

What Is Invisalign?

While braces are made of metal and wire, Invisalign® is made of clear, plastic aligners. These aligners are custom made to fit snugly over your teeth. The result is that they gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible. This makes them a great option for people who want to still feel their best while they straighten their teeth. They’re also removable so you can take them out for special occasions and when you eat and brush your teeth.

How Does Invisalign Straighten Teeth?

Invisalign aligners straighten teeth by applying the exact right amount of pressure to specific areas of the mouth that need straightening. You are supposed to wear the aligners 20 to 22 hours a day in order to get fast and quality results. Every few weeks you’ll change out the aligners so that teeth are constantly and consistently being moved into the right position. While new aligners may feel a little tight, you won’t feel any pain when wearing them.

What Are the Differences Between Invisalign & Braces?

There are a few differences between Invisalign and braces. For example, Invisalign and braces move teeth in a similar way, but Invisalign cannot take on the more advanced kind of straightening that braces can. Invisalign is relatively invisible when you’re wearing it. This makes it more appealing to people who do not like the look or feel of metal braces. Invisalign requires fewer office visits which appeals to busy professionals. There is also less physical discomfort with Invisalign in comparison to traditional braces.

If you have any other questions about whether you should choose Invisalign or braces, give us a call!

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