Your smile is an important part of who you are, and choosing the right orthodontic treatment is equally as important. In the days of seemingly endless options with everything from cars to food selections to hobbies, the world of orthodontics is no different. For many patients, options for orthodontic treatment range from different types of braces to a variety of Invisalign products. So, should you get braces or Invisalign? Let us help you come to a decision!
Most patients know the general facts about braces. They consist of a series of brackets, which are attached to the teeth, and wires are attached to the brackets. Together, these pieces gradually and gently move the teeth to the right positions within the mouth, alleviating bite problems, alignment issues, crowding and spacing challenges, and more. Treatment with braces and even Invisalign will vary, based on the severity of your orthodontic issue.
Benefits and Limitations of Braces
If you’re looking for a product that is permanently attached to your teeth, eliminating the need to worry about wearing it properly, braces may be for you. You may also be pleased to know there are a variety of different types of braces available. These include:
Having the ability to choose what works best for you is key to the success of your overall treatment with braces.
As with any product, there will be limitations. Patients with braces are not able to remove their braces, like those with Invisalign, so they will be more noticeable. There will also be some food restrictions to avoid damaging your brackets or wires.
Invisalign is a treatment plan consisting of clear removable aligners, which are switched out every couple of weeks. Like braces, Invisalign gently moves teeth into their correct positions, but does so in a slightly different way.
Benefits and Limitations of Invisalign
Invisalign is a popular treatment option for many patients today because of its virtually invisible appearance and the ability to remove the aligners whenever desired. Invisalign is also available in a variety of options, depending on your unique orthodontic issue. Invisalign products include:
- Invisalign Full
- Invisalign Lite
- Invisalign Express
- Invisalign Teen
Invisalign may not be for you if you’re worried about adhering to the rules set forth by your orthodontist. For Invisalign to be effective, the aligners must be worn 20-22 hours every day and must only be removed to eat, drink, brush and floss. In some cases, you can remove them (like for a wedding, photos, or to put in a mouthguard when playing a contact sport), but for maximum effectiveness, you’ll need to be sure to wear your aligners the vast majority of the time.
Braces or Invisalign?
In the end, the decision should be based on works for you. If you’re apprehensive about having a removable option for treatment, then braces may be the right product for you; however, if you want a product that doesn’t get in the way of your appearance, Invisalign may be the perfect solution. The choice is yours!