Invisalign vs. Braces
There are a few different options available when it comes to straightening teeth. Invisalign and traditional metal braces are the most favored. Each comes with its advantages and drawbacks. But, which one is right for you? Let’s compare Invisalign vs. braces, and you can decide!
How do traditional braces work?
Traditional braces are the most common and have been used for decades. They consist of metal brackets glued to each tooth’s front surface and connected by a wire that runs along the teeth. The wire is attached to the brackets with tiny rubber bands, known as ligatures. As the wire applies pressure to the teeth, they gradually move into the proper position and eventually straighten teeth a little at a time.
Traditional braces usually need to be worn for one to two years, although this can vary depending on the severity of the problem. Some people also need to wear braces as adults to straighten their teeth. Traditional braces are less visible than other types of braces, but they can be uncomfortable and require more care. Many people select traditional braces because they are less expensive than some other types of braces, such as ceramic braces.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a modern substitute for metal braces for straightening teeth. Unlike braces, Invisalign uses a progression of clear aligners to move teeth into the desired position gradually.
Invisalign trays are made from a smooth, comfortable material that is virtually invisible when worn and can be removed. Invisalign treatment is typically quicker and more comfortable than traditional braces to improve oral health and correct misaligned teeth.
To begin this orthodontic treatment, patients must first schedule a consultation with an Invisalign provider (call your MG Dentistry and Rejuvenation Center Team!). Our provider will take pictures, x-rays, and impressions of your teeth during the consultation to create a personalized treatment plan. Once the plan is created, the patient will be given a series of custom-made aligners.
The aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and should be replaced every two weeks. As treatment progresses, the patient must visit the provider periodically for checkups. Most people complete Invisalign treatment within 12 to 18 months. However, the length of treatment varies depending on the individual’s dental needs.
Benefits of Invisalign Over Traditional Braces
One big advantage of Invisalign over traditional braces is that they are virtually invisible. This means that you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing that you are doing so. Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can take them out for special occasions or cleaning.
On the other hand, traditional braces are fixed in place and can be difficult to clean around. Treatment with Invisalign braces is often shorter than traditional braces, meaning you can achieve your desired results in a shorter period of time. All these factors make Invisalign braces a superior choice for many people looking to improve their smile and correct crooked teeth.
Tips for Choosing the Right Teeth Straightening System for You
Here are a few tips to help you choose the right teeth straightening system for you:
- Consider your budget. Knowing how much you are willing to spend will help narrow down your options.
- Think about your lifestyle. If you lead an active lifestyle or play contact sports, you may want to consider a system less likely to be damaged or lost. On the other hand, if you have trouble following instructions or have limited time for dental appointments, you may want to choose a system that is easier to use.
- Consult with our dentist. We will be able to tell you which systems are best suited for your individual needs and can provide guidance on which option is right for you.
Wearing braces may not be ideal, but with the newest technology of clear aligners, straighter teeth are just around the corner. When it comes to aligning teeth, you want to contact the experts and ensure your oral hygiene is on track. Contact our office today about Invisalign aligners!
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