Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

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If your teeth are not straight, your dentist might suggest that you are a candidate for metal braces or Invisalign braces. Both of these methods are designed to straighten your teeth, correct overbites and underbites, and improve your smile, but they are very different in a variety of ways. Invisalign is a relatively new technology that provides an additional choice next to traditional metal braces.

Cosmetic

Traditional metal braces take up a lot of space in the mouth and can look unappealing. Many adults feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces outside of the adolescent years. In comparison, Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and do not crowd the mouth in the same way that metal braces do. With Invisalign, you do not need to sacrifice an open-mouthed smile for straighter teeth.

Restrictions

Traditional metal braces can prevent you from eating some of the things that you love. The restrictions of metal braces include things like pizza crusts, caramels, popcorn, or anything that could damage the metal. Metal braces also prevent individuals from chewing gum. In contrast, Invisalign is removable and the aligners must be removed in order to eat, which means that there are no food restrictions. However, it is important to brush your teeth thoroughly before putting the aligners back in your mouth.

Damage and Stains

While metal braces are an effective way to make your teeth straighter and improve the overall appearance of your smile, they can be damaging to the enamel on your teeth. They can leave stains and marks on your teeth when they are taken off, and not brushing properly can lead to decay. Since Invisalign aligners are removed for eating and brushing, and for regular cleanings, they do not stain your teeth in the same way that metal braces might.

Braces of all types are utilized to fix orthodontic issues, but in general, Invisalign aligners can do everything that traditional braces can do without the accompanying potential issues. However, Invisalign is not the right choice for everyone. There are some orthodontic issues that are best resolved with traditional metal braces. Your dentist can help you determine which treatment option is the best for your situation.