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Invisalign vs. Braces: Which One Should You Get?

Woman comparing invisalign and braces

Did you know that 90% of people have teeth that are misaligned? Fixing even minimal problems with your teeth could help make you feel better about your smile. If you've started researching your options, you know the debate between Invisalign vs. braces is a hot topic. Which one is right for you? Continue reading to learn about the pros and cons of each.

The Pros of Invisalign The biggest benefit for most people is that aligners are invisible. This is the best-case scenario for adult patients, but this treatment can work for people of different ages. Another pro is that you can take your aligners out to eat food. You won't have the same discomfort when eating that you would with traditional braces. Because you can take them out, it is also easier to brush and floss your teeth. This means you can get into the spaces to remove food debris. When it comes to traditional braces vs. Invisalign, Invisalign takes the lead in comfortability. Although aligners take some time to get used to, you'll have fewer gum and mouth issues. Lastly, fewer consultations are needed because most work occurs before you get aligners in your mouth. You won't have to come back for adjustments and tightening. The Cons of Invisalign One of the cons is that patients must be disciplined. Because you can take out your aligners, patients ensure they wear their aligners 22 hours per day. Another con is when eating or drinking anything other than water, your aligners must come out. This is not always convenient, especially when you are out in public. Another factor is the consideration of cost when deciding between the two options. Even with the advanced technology used for aligners, the cost of Invisalign and braces is similar. However, some treatments are not possible to complete with aligners. The Pros of Braces The biggest pro of braces is treating more complex orthodontic cases that cannot be corrected with Invisalign. Braces can move teeth into the desired position even in severe cases. Even the time to fix gaps and align teeth is faster with braces. Another pro that most people don't know about is that you have more options with braces now than before. Patients can choose between lingual and ceramic braces that are less noticeable. The Cons of Braces With braces, you'll deal with the following:

  • The look of traditional braces

  • Brushing your teeth is harder

  • You must follow dietary and care needs

  • Go to regular monthly appointments to adjust and tighten the braces

Things can be a little more challenging with braces, but most people find them worth it. Which Is Best for You? Not everyone's orthodontal problems can be fixed with Invisalign, but if your orthodontist can treat your issue with braces or Invisalign, pick the one that suits your lifestyle the best. Contact us to book a consultation or to ask for more information. We are happy to start your journey for straighter teeth.


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