January 23, 2020
You’ve had crooked teeth for as long as you can remember, and you’re just about sick of it. They’re hard to clean, so you always seem to have cavities. Not to mention the fact that they make you ashamed to smile in front of other people. You’ve been considering getting braces, but you’ve also heard that Invisalign in Inwood Village is a viable alternative. Which is better? Let’s take a closer look.
What’s the Difference?
When you hear the word “braces,” your brain probably conjures up an image of traditional braces. Brackets are placed on each tooth, with a metal wire arching through all of them to shape your teeth over time.
Invisalign uses clear plastic trays, called aligners, to shift your teeth. The aligners are translucent, comfortable, and removable, so they provide a more convenient approach that braces simply cannot match.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
The main advantage of metal braces over Invisalign is that they are glued to your teeth until treatment is complete. It’s impossible to forget to place your braces back in since you can’t even take them out. As a result, your treatment is never compromised. Braces are also more suitable for more severe misalignment, while Invisalign is better for mild to moderate cases. Finally, traditional braces tend to cost slightly less than Invisalign.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign offers multiple benefits over braces, including:
- No dietary restrictions. You can simply remove your aligners before you eat and put them back in afterwards.
- Appearance. The aligners are pretty much invisible, hence the name. No one but your dentist in Inwood Village has to know you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.
- Comfort. With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets to create sores in your mouth’s soft tissue.
- Fewer orthodontic visits. Braces require a visit to your orthodontist every six weeks to get them tightened, while there are fewer appointments needed with Invisalign.
So, Which Should You Get?
It can be tough to compare these two options. Ultimately, the answer is up to you and your dentist. Whichever choice you end up going with, just remember that all the treatment time will be worth it to have beautifully straight teeth smiling back at you in the mirror!
About the Author
Dr. Todd Brownlee is a dentist in Inwood Village who has achieved Fellowship status in the Academy of General Dentistry, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, showing his commitment to continuing education and honing his craft. He is also a certified Invisalign provider, so he can straighten your smile should you choose Invisalign over traditional braces. To learn more, give his practice a call at (214) 352-2777.
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