Invisalign® vs. Braces
If you’re considering aligning your teeth, you’re likely wondering whether it’s best to go for Invisalign or braces. While both dental treatments have their sets of pros and cons, the final decision comes down to your personal priorities and preferences based on your dental needs.
The most significant difference between braces and Invisalign® is their distinct appearance. Invisalign is a big win when it comes to aesthetics since they are made of transparent plastic material. Braces, on the other hand, are made of metal that anyone can easily see, even from a distance.
If effectiveness is your only concern, and you don’t care about the aesthetics, traditional braces should be your go-to choice. The challenge with Invisalign, unlike braces, is that the trays are removable, which is why patients usually wear them less than the suggested time of use. Moreover, if they somehow lose their Invisalign, it even shifts their teeth within days while they aren’t wearing them.
On the other hand, braces must be worn 24/7, as recommended by dentists. Plus, they align the severely misaligned, rotated, and overlapping teeth that Invisalign can’t.
When it comes to convenience, both Invisalign and braces have their benefits and disadvantages. Ultimately, it comes down to your preference and what makes you more comfortable. For example, braces are convenient in the sense that you don’t have to take them out before having food, whereas you must remove Invisalign whenever you eat or drink anything besides water. However, braces limit you from eating certain foods that may get stuck on the metal, unlike Invisalign.
While braces affect your appearance, you don’t have to remove them publicly. On the other hand, it can be challenging in some situations to remove the Invisalign when you’re in the middle of a party or a dinner.
Straightening and aligning your teeth is never a comfortable experience since the shift can be mildly painful at times. However, Invisalign is more comfortable to wear than traditional braces as it applies less pressure to your teeth.
Cleaning your teeth with braces is easier since you can brush and floss like you usually do. However, you may need a smaller toothbrush to get rid of the tiny food particles that may get stuck on the metal braces. On the contrary, Invisalign requires additional effort, considering you have to clean the trays and your teeth every single time you re-wear them.
At Kurt A. Gibson, DDS, PA, we offer our patients the best services and dental experts in the field, conducting a thorough dental examination during each checkup. If you’re looking to get Invisalign or braces, please feel free to schedule an appointment by calling us at (336) 283-2593.