Invisalign vs. Braces for Straightening My Teeth

There are usually a few options for orthodontic treatment. Braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular choices when it comes to straightening teeth, fixing bite problems, and correcting tooth spacing. However, there are significant differences between the two and many factors determine which treatment if right for you. Below you will find the pros and cons of braces and Invisalign treatment options to help determine the best course of action for straightening your teeth.

Braces

Dental braces are used for straightening and aligning teeth using metal brackets and wires. Braces can fix the positioning of teeth, as well as correct bite issues. Braces are the best option if you are dealing with a severe bite problem, or other complex treatment is needed.

Pros of Braces

  • Fixes complex situations and cases
  • Doctor has more control over the movement of teeth

Cons of Braces

  • Metal brackets and wires can poke and irritate mouth
  • It’s harder to brush and floss well
  • There are food restrictions (nothing chewy or sticky)
  • Braces are permanent for the entire treatment phase
  • Can be socially uncomfortable for adults
  • There is the potential for decay to occur around bracket or for discoloration of the teeth to occur under brackets

Invisalign

Invisalign is a clear alternative to braces that serves the same function. 3D imaging creates several aligners that are replaced every two weeks to continue moving teeth toward the end goal. Invisalign is mostly used for simple teeth straightening and spacing issues.

Pros of Invisalign

  • Virtually invisible and can straighten teeth without anyone knowing
  • Aligners are removable and comfortable
  • There are no food restrictions meaning you can continue a normal diet
  • Fewer check up appointments are involved
  • No metal brackets or wires to give you mouth sores
  • Brushing and flossing is easier because the aligner can be removed

Cons of Invisalign

  • Invisalign is unable to treat complex cases, such as severe bite problems
  • Doctor has less control over the movement of teeth

When is comes to choosing an orthodontics treatment, the decision depends mostly on the complexity of your treatment. If you are experiencing severe bite problems, braces might be the best choice. Or if all you need is simple teeth straightening, Invisalign could work for you.

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