Are you considering Invisalign vs braces to straighten your older child’s teeth, or your own? You may also be trying to figure out which will be more effective — in both the short term of living with it everyday, and the long term of having the smile you have always wanted.
Here’s a few of the major differences as you compare Invisalign vs braces:
Invisalign is designed to be invisible. The aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic, and worn to subtly, but gently move your teeth to the desired position. X-rays and impressions create an exact 3-D image of your teeth, and then aligner trays are configured accordingly.
Braces are made up of metal brackets which are glued to your teeth, then linked by wires, and even tiny rubber bands. Both may be used together to move your teeth. And while the brackets are not invisible, you can now find more discrete colors available, or you can go bold to make a fashion statement with your mouth.
If you are looking for further comparisons of Invisalign vs braces, it may come down to your personal choice. If you don’t want others to see metal brackets on your teeth, Invisalign would be best for you. The aligner trays are also removable so you can participate in sports, along with eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. But, the trays have to be put back in your mouth for any success.
If you worry about having the ability to remove your trays, then having the dedication to put your trays back in your mouth afterwards, braces could be the answer. There are also some cases where teeth may need to be rotated or even moved vertically, and Invisalign may not work for you.
Straightening your teeth to improve your smile, along with your overall oral health, can be a big decision. Our experienced team at Hilldale Dental can help you compare Invisalign vs braces to choose which is right for you.