Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign

Traditional metal braces and Invisalign are two effective ways to align your teeth and help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Though the end results are similar, the treatment process is not the same. Ultimately, the best method for you will be decided following a consultation with your orthodontist. Keep reading to learn more about which types of braces will work best for you.

How Braces Work

Today’s metal braces are made with high-grade stainless steel and are noticeably smaller, more comfortable and more attractive than metal braces worn in the past. Metal braces consist of brackets that are attached to each tooth with special cement. The brackets are linked together with a thin arch wire, which exerts gentle, constant pressure on the teeth to gradually move them into their desired position. Throughout treatment, the wires are adjusted by your orthodontist to gradually achieve the ideal position.

  • Advantages: Metal braces work effectively to correct most advanced tooth and jaw issues. Metal braces are also very durable and difficult to break with proper care.
  • Disadvantages: The brackets and wires worn on the teeth are visible. If appearance is a priority during treatment, then metal braces may not be the best option. Also, traditional metal braces can make it more challenging to maintain good oral hygiene as food debris can easily become trapped around and under the brackets and wires.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that fit over the top and bottom teeth. The aligners are created using sophisticated 3-D imaging software, which depicts your virtual treatment plan from initial tooth position to final, target results. Patients wear the aligners for up to two weeks at a time, removing them only to eat, brush and floss. Teeth move incrementally over the course of treatment until the target position is achieved.

  • Advantages: Invisalign aligners are clear and virtually invisible, making it a desirable option for adolescents and adults. No one will notice you are straightening your teeth until your beautiful new smile is revealed at the end of treatment. Invisalign aligners are comfortable and smooth, which means they won’t rub or irritate the soft tissues in your mouth. Since Invisalign aligners are removable — it is easy to maintain good oral health and enjoy the foods you love without restrictions.
  • Disadvantages: Invisalign requires excellent cooperation because it is up to the patient to wear the aligners for the prescribed 22 hours a day. Failure to do so will result in delayed treatment times and poor treatment outcomes. Invisalign can correct mild to moderate alignment problems, but not advanced dental issues. If your teeth require significant movement, traditional metal braces may be a better option.

Schedule Your Appointment with Grove Dental Today

Metal braces and Invisalign are both excellent choices for improving your smile. At Grove Dental, our team of orthodontists have years of experience and hands-on training in the latest and most effective orthodontics treatments. Call or contact Grove Dental today to schedule your new patient consultation and learn about the wide variety of treatment options we offer.