Invisalign vs Braces

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A common question many patients ask is, “What are the pros and cons between braces and Invisalign treatment?”

The majority of people are more attracted to the Invisalign treatment because they are clear, you barely notice they are there, and you can remove them for eating. It’s a big deal that food won’t get stuck in your teeth (a typical problem with braces). But is Invisalign right for everyone? There are many differences between these two options, but knowing their pros and cons will help determine the best decision for you.

So How Do Braces And Invisalign Treatments Work?

Braces work by attaching brackets to each tooth. A bonding or band keeps the brackets in place. A wire called the archwire runs from each bracket and is tuned to exert a light force that will cause the teeth to move into proper placement over time. Today’s braces are a lot more comfortable and a lot less noticeable than those from the past. You don’t have to suffer from looking like you have a mouth full of metal, and the discomfort level is much less.

Invisalign is the new digital equivalent of braces. It straightens teeth without the use of wires and brackets making it almost invisible. The process to create the Invisalign aligners involves a digital scan of your mouth and teeth. After, Dr. Walt analyzes the scan and utilizes his expertise to come up with a special sequence of aligners. The aligners are created based on Dr. Walt’s prescription then worn full time to straighten your teeth. They are clear and removable, making them a popular option for everyone who is self-conscious about wearing noticeable braces. Each set of aligners are worn for approximately one week before moving on to the next set in the series to ensure a consistent and gentle guiding of teeth placement. This process is repeated until your teeth are straight and your smile is perfect!

What Are The Pros And Cons Of These Treatments?

Braces:

Pros

  • Requires less self-discipline as you cannot remove them yourself

Cons

  • There can be discomfort from wires and brackets
  • Food restrictions – nothing hard or sticky
  • Harder to clean and possibility of decalcification
Invisalign:

Pros

  • Removable
  • They are nearly invisible
  • No issues with food getting caught or difficulty eating your favourite foods
  • More accurate tooth movements as computer technology is utilized

Cons

  • Must remove before eating or drinking, water is the exception
  • Not the best option for people with lack of discipline for wearing them (but you can do it!)

The best way to evaluate if the Invisalign treatment is right for you is to contact us for an initial consultation. We will be able to guide you in making the right choice for your smile treatment. But remember, Walt Orthodontics specializes in Invisalign and braces options, so if you are considering straightening your smile, get in touch with us today!

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