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October 8, 2014

Braces vs Invisalign: How to Choose

Depending on your orthodontic diagnosis and needs, it’s possible that you will have a choice of which system to use to achieve your desired results. Typically at Docbraces, our patients choose between traditional or clear braces and Invisalign. There are advantages to both, however it is not a secret that many adult and older teen patients choose the Invisalign system once they realize it’s an option for them.

Braces

Modern braces are much more comfortable and less noticeable than in years past. No more grey metal! In general the mechanics remain the same - braces consist of brackets that are attached to each tooth, the bonding cement that attaches the bracket to the tooth and the archwire, which is the thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket.If the patient has a significant bite problem or severely crooked teeth there is a possibility that traditional braces may be more effective at moving teeth than other options. If the patient decides on the clear option (as opposed to metal), the brackets will be made of a see-through plastic and the use a white adhesive which makes them inconspicuous. In some cases, the wire is also white. Be sure to ask your orthodontist what your options are!

Invisalign

The Invisalign aligners (the removable trays that fit in the mouth to gently guide the teeth into place) are virtually invisible.Many of our patients find that when it comes to these clear plastic aligners, they’re hard to beat. They are almost undetectable when worn because they are made of clear plastic. They're smooth, won’t irritate the inside of the mouth and are even removable so you can brush, floss and eat as usual.But Invisalign is not for everyone. Patients must be vigilant in wearing their aligners. The temptation to take them out more often than necessary or not wear them enough is too much for some. You need the self-discipline to wear the aligners at least 22 hours a day.There are a small number of orthodontic corrections that are not fixable with Invisalign, but these are the exception. Your Docbraces orthodontist will be able to let you know whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign or if another option might be better suited to reaching your goals.

Braces vs Invisalign: which is best for you?

Both braces and Invisalign have their pros and cons. For example, sometimes an orthodontic treatment plan is too complex to be treated with Invisalign, at least in the beginning. Or perhaps you don’t feel you have the willpower to reliably wear the aligners.However, as an Elite Invisalign Provider, Docbraces has special expertise in the Invisalign process and therefore can treat mild to complex cases using the clear aligners. Ultimately your orthodontist will let you know if one method is preferable over the other, but if you have been told by another professional that Invisalign is not an option for you – seek a second opinion from an Elite Invisalign Provider like us!Choosing between Invisalign and braces can be a complicated decision, but in the end it’s about what works for you, your lifestyle and your new smile. We’re here to help you understand your options, and look forward to seeing you at your free consultation!

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