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Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

Braces are becoming less popular with time–explore other modern solutions.

Braces are a well-known way to straighten your teeth and correct your bite. One way braces make your smile better is by improving your oral health as a whole. Because braces fix spacing and alignment problems, it's easier to clean your teeth properly.

Braces or Invisalign? Which is the better choice? If you want to know more, let’s discuss where they differ.


Invisalign vs. Braces

Braces and Invisalign are the two most common ways to fix misaligned, crooked, or rotated teeth. Many people, especially adults, like Invisalign because it is clear and easy to take off. But how long it takes can also make a big difference. Even though Invisalign can work faster than braces, that isn't always the case.

There are a lot of other important things to think about when comparing Invisalign vs. braces, like which is more comfortable and–most importantly– which one works better?


What Are Braces?

Orthodontists recommend braces for many reasons. One common use is to correct crooked teeth or a bad "bite." Braces are metal wires connected to the teeth by brackets. These wires and brackets work in combination to apply gentle, continuous forces to the teeth causing gradual tooth movement. Some people really don’t like the appearance of braces, but others love them.

Today's braces are less visible. Smaller or less visible brackets are attached to each tooth. Ceramic, plastic, metal, or a combination can be used to make tooth-colored brackets. The brackets can blend in fairly well with modern versions.


What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign straightens and corrects teeth without the use of traditional braces. It is a series of clear braces that gradually straighten your teeth. Clear, removable trays are less noticeable than metal brackets, making them more comfortable for some people.

Most people want a better smile but think metal braces are the only option. No metal brackets or wires are visible with Invisalign clear braces. In some cases, Invisalign clear braces can also align your teeth in less time than traditional braces.

Choosing The Right Option For You

Invisalign always wins in appearance over braces. Metal braces are more noticeable than Invisalign. Clear plastic Invisalign trays replace metal braces. Some kids like choosing colored bands for metal braces, but most prefer Invisalign. Invisalign is best for discreet teeth alignment.

Teeth straightening isn't always comfortable. Teeth shifting can be painful with both braces or Invisalign. Invisalign applies less pressure to the teeth than traditional braces, making it a little more comfortable. Traditional braces can also cut the inner lip and cheek.

Dr. Bloom recommends wearing your Invisalign trays for 21-22 hours a day. In other words, they should be worn all the time except for eating or brushing your teeth. If the trays are not worn as much as prescribed, there will be a noticeable gap between the plastic tray and your teeth. This indicates that the tooth movements are no longer tracking properly and new trays may need to be ordered.


The Takeaway

Deciding between Invisalign or braces is a personal choice. Consult an orthodontist to see if you qualify for Invisalign today. You might wonder: where can I get Invisalign near me? The answer is just around the corner! Contact our office to learn more.

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