Braces Vs Invisalign - How to Decide What's Best for You

Braces Vs Invisalign - How to Decide What's Best for You

Posted by Full Smile Orthodontics on Jun 14 2022, 10:49 AM

Orthodontic treatments have made it easy to attain aligned teeth. Advanced technology has help with orthodontic treatment options that offer various benefits to the patients. Two of the most preferred type of orthodontic treatment are braces and invisalign. 

What are Braces?

Braces are an orthodontic appliance that slowly straightens teeth using metal brackets and wires. Braces work by applying consistent pressure to teeth, which causes them to shift into place. It involves weekly visits for adjustments and check-ups.

Braces are typically used when a child’s jaw is still actively growing. Orthodontic treatment can take anywhere from 6 months to 3 years.

What is Invisalign®?

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign® consists of clear, removable aligners that straighten your teeth. Many adult patients appreciate this clear orthodontic option, as there are no visible brackets or wires.

Plus, you can take off your aligners for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, so you won’t need to change your diet or oral hygiene routine.

Invisalign is a great option for adult patients, but it may not be right for everyone.

Deciding What’s Best for You

With so many options available, the decision to improve your smile can be both exciting and overwhelming. Here are some key points to consider as you research your treatment options.

When looking at braces vs Invisalign, it’s important to understand that both options offer the same outcome. Both help to shift teeth into proper alignment.

The key difference between the two treatment options lies in their level of discretion and convenience.  The choice between the two comes down to your lifestyle and preferences.

Braces require brackets and wires to be bonded to your teeth. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that can be taken out of the mouth as needed.

Another major difference is that Invisalign is more convenient for eating, cleaning, and oral hygiene. Invisalign aligners can be removed when you eat or drink, allowing you to maintain better oral hygiene. With braces, you may be required to change your diet, as certain foods can damage your braces. It also requires special cleaning tools, which can also be uncomfortable for some patients.

Another major advantage to Invisalign is its convenience. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for your mouth, so they fit perfectly and can be removed when needed. Invisalign is also more convenient to maintain good oral hygiene. 

If you would like to know more about what the treatment entails and what your options are, give us a call at (760) 804-0080 or schedule an online appointment to visit our dental practice at Carlsbad, CA. 

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