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Should I Get Invisalign or Traditional Braces?

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When it comes time to get braces for your child or yourself, the initial process can seem overwhelming. There are a lot of options to consider, but the good news is that our team is here to help! One of the most common questions we hear is about how to choose between Invisalign or traditional metal braces. So, let’s look at some of the facts that can help!

 

First of All, What’s the Difference?

As you probably already know, braces work to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. This leads to a more beautiful smile and improves your oral health. The good news is that both Invisalign and traditional braces give you the same wonderful results in the end. The biggest difference between the two is how they get to those results.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are where metal brackets are glued to the enamel of each tooth. It’s probably what you picture when you hear the word “braces.” Metal wires run through each bracket. When that wire is tightened, it gently moves teeth into their ideal placement using pressure.

Invisalign

Invisalign also uses gentle pressure to achieve orthodontic results, but it does so through a series of clear trays – called aligners. Each tray is made specifically for you and moves your teeth by applying gentle pressure. The aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic. They are comfortable to wear, removable, and best of all – subtle. People may not even know you’re wearing them!

How to Decide?

Several factors play into how to choose which option is best for you. And remember that Dr. Skelton is going to have an opinion on what is best for you too. We’re here every step of the way to make sure you get the best results. Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of both options.

Traditional Braces Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Not removable – which may sound like a con, but for patients who might lose their trays or forget to wear them, it is a big plus.
  • Shorter treatment time – since traditional braces can’t be taken off, they can often mean shorter treatment times since they’re worn 24/7.
  • Cost – though the cost of treatment varies from patient to patient regardless of the type of braces they choose, metal braces tend to be a tad more affordable.
  • Effectiveness – if you have complex dental issues, traditional braces might be a better treatment option for you. This is something your orthodontist can help you understand.
Cons:
  • More noticeable – there’s just no way around it, traditional braces are more noticeable. BUT there are other options, like clear ceramic braces that do help considerably with the appearance of your braces.
  • Injury – people who play high contact sports are more likely to knock off a bracket or injure their mouth when wearing traditional braces. But this isn’t a reason not to choose them – we can fit you with a mouthguard that will help protect you!
  • Brushing and flossing – it can be a bit more difficult to make sure that all the debris and food particles are removed from your mouth with traditional braces. It’s not impossible though, you just have to get used to it!

Invisalign Pros and Cons

Pros:
  • Removable – we know that we said “not removable” is a benefit to traditional braces, but there are also benefits to being able to remove your trays too! Eating and drinking without your trays are particularly nice.
  • Appearance – this might be the biggest pro. Invisalign truly is nearly invisible, making them more appealing for a lot of patients.
  • Comfort – metal braces can sometimes rub small sores on the insides of your mouth. You don’t have to worry about that with the smooth plastic trays.
  • Cleaning – being able to remove your trays makes it easier to brush and floss normally. Just don’t forget to clean your trays too!
Cons: 
  • Easily lost or damaged – and we’ve heard it all. Trays were accidentally thrown away, melted in the car, or chewed on by a dog. If keeping up with things is difficult for you or your child, Invisalign might not work.
  • Results are up to you – if you don’t wear your trays as directed, it can significantly increase your treatment time – and in some cases the cost of treatment.
  • Specific dental needs – some patients just aren’t good candidates based on their individual orthodontic needs.

You Don’t Have to Decide Alone!

As you can see, there are many things to consider when deciding what kind of braces to get. But don’t worry, we are here to help you every step of the way. Hopefully, you’ve learned a few things here that can help you feel more prepared when you come to your first appointment. Remember that each patient is different and that means that there are different treatment options for a reason! Contact us today to set up a free consultation to see if you’re a candidate for Invisalign or traditional braces!
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