Invisalign Vs. Metal Braces

Do you have teeth that crowd or overlap? If so, you may feel uncomfortable showing your smile when you laugh or for pictures. Instead of hiding your smile, and experiencing a higher risk of oral health complications related to misalignment, why not seek orthodontic treatment? We can actually correct smiles with a series of clear aligners. How do they these differ from braces? With Invisalign vs metal braces, which works best for you?

How Do They Differ?

These treatments are significantly different from one another. Braces rely on metal brackets attached to the front of the teeth, which are connected via an arch wire. The dentist periodically adjusts the tension to repositions the teeth. With Invisalign, the patient wears a series of clear plastic aligners to gently reposition the teeth. While both options can improve the alignment of the smile, only Invisalign does so while remaining practically invisible.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

First, the aligners don’t cause the gum and cheek irritation often associated with braces. They are barely noticeable when worn and custom-made for a comfortable fit. You can also remove them, which means you don’t need to avoid certain foods and you will have an easier time brushing and flossing thoroughly. This treatment can help adults, teens, and even children as young as age seven. Finally, treatment times are often shorter, with smiles being addressed in as little as a year in some cases.

How Do I Get Started?

First, give our team a call. We offer a free cosmetic consultation to see what treatments are needed to improve your smile’s esthetics. If you have misalignment, we can determine whether clear aligners are the right choice for you. If you have any questions about Invisalign, then please contact our office today.