If you’ve been searching for solutions to straighten your teeth and align your smile, you may be familiar with traditional metal braces. But did you know that Invisalign, brought to you by Align Technology, is another option that’s growing in popularity every day? Here’s a close look at these orthodontic treatments and the difference between the two.
Invisalign: An Overview
Invisalign utilizes a series of clear aligners to place precise pressure on your teeth to gently and discreetly shift them into the desired position. You’ll need to wear your Invisalign trays for 20 to 22 hours each day for the best results. After achieving the smile of your dreams, you’ll need to wear retainers during sleep so your teeth don’t back out of alignment.
Traditional Metal Braces: An Overview
Traditional braces straighten your teeth and align your bite using metal brackets, archwires, and rubber bands called o-rings, which come in different colors. Today’s braces are smaller and less intrusive than in the past. As with Invisalign, you’ll need to wear retainers after completing treatment to maintain your straight smile.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
Here’s a look at some of the differences between Invisalign and braces:
Appearance: The most significant difference between Invisalign and braces is their appearance. Invisalign is by far superior in this aspect. The clear aligner trays are virtually undetectable, while metal braces are quite noticeable. If you are someone who wants a discreet solution to perfect your teeth, Invisalign is the choice for you.
Comfort: Orthodontic treatments are sometimes uncomfortable because of the pressure placed on your teeth to move them into alignment. However, Invisalign also wins this category with the soft, smooth material of the aligners. Braces have sharp edges that can scrape the inner lip and tongue, making them a not-so-comfortable treatment option.
Convenience: Braces are convenient because you can’t take them out and misplace them. However, there are many foods you can’t eat, which can be quite an annoyance. With Invisalign, you can remove your clear aligner trays and indulge in your favorite treats without restriction. However, you must store them securely, which can be easy to overlook.
Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene practices is much easier with Invisalign because you can remove your aligners and brush and floss as you normally would, enhancing your oral health. When it comes to braces, cleaning properly under and around the brackets may pose more of a challenge.
Effectiveness: Invisalign and braces both deliver excellent results when correcting misaligned, gapped, crowded, and rotated teeth, as well as problems with the bite, including open bites, crossbites, underbites, and overbites. However, braces are recommended for treating some extremely complex orthodontic cases.
Speed of Treatment: Your total treatment time will depend on your smile’s unique needs. On average, Invisalign takes 9-18 months to complete treatment, while braces typically take about 22 months to deliver the desired results.
Which Orthodontic Solution Is Right for You?
Deciding on the orthodontic solution that’s right for you largely falls on personal preference and your smile’s unique needs. It’s also important to ask questions and have all the information you require to make an informed decision.
Are You Ready to Straighten Your Smile?
Contact Genuine Smiles in Trophy Club, TX, to learn more about straightening your teeth and perfecting your smile. Dr. Wenner and his team are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and techniques for dramatic smile transformations. We invite you to call our office at (817) 532-5153 to schedule an appointment or request one online today!