Which is better – Invisalign or Braces?

Which is better – Invisalign or Braces?  

Which is better Invisalign or braces? While braces were long the preferred method of obtaining the straight teeth that a beautiful smile is made of, the introduction of Invisalign gave patients another option. 

Invisalign or Braces: Which is Right for You?

It’s important to note that there is no right answer to this question. For example, what might be the best solution for you won’t necessarily work for your spouse, sibling or child. 

  • Braces

Braces are known for being effective for a number of orthodontic issues. In spite of the advent of newer versions — including tooth-colored ceramic and braces that are positioned behind the teeth, for instance — there are other components that are still visible. These include the brackets, rubber bands and wires. 

Braces are designed to stay attached to the teeth throughout the treatment process. In many cases, there is an adjustment period when you might feel uncomfortable when the braces are adjusted. 

It’s vitally important for patients who wear braces to keep them, as well as their gums and teeth, clean. Food debris and plaque can cause irritation and inflamed gums if they aren’t removed promptly and effectively. 

Wearing braces means that you can’t eat crunchy, sticky, chewy or hard foods. Doing so could mean breakage. You’ll also need to choose water over sugary drinks like soda and sports drinks. 

  • Invisalign

One of the most popular brands of clear aligners, Invisalign can be used to treat teeth that are too widely spaced or that are too crowded. Overbites, crossbites and other simple bite irregularities can also be addressed using Invisalign. Sometimes an orthodontist might use Invisalign to treat a mild relapse that occurs after treatment with traditional braces. 

Invisalign offers advantages such as being clear and inconspicuous. They can also be removed for eating and drinking. 

It’s vital to avoid drinking flavored waters, sports drinks and/or soda with Invisalign in place. Doing so could lead to staining and decay of the teeth. In addition, it’s necessary to keep the aligners in place during times of discomfort. 

Contact us today to discuss your options.