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Choosing the Right Orthodontic Treatment: Braces vs. Invisalign

Posted on June 6, 2023


Braces and Invisalign are orthodontic treatments that can help to give you a straighter smile. Both orthodontic devices can shift your teeth, helping with spacing issues, overbites, underbites, crossed teeth or other dental imperfections. If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, or straighten your child’s teeth, you may wonder which treatment is better for you. Learning the benefits associated with each treatment can help you decide!

The Benefits of Braces

According to the American Association of Orthodontists, there are currently around four million Americans who wear braces. Braces consist of metal brackets and rubber bands that create pressure on the teeth, forcing them to shift. The metal brackets are very visible, and they create a lot of force on the teeth. As such, traditional braces are a great option for those who need their teeth to shift significantly, such as those with major overbites or underbites. Braces are also typically one of the cheaper orthodontic treatment options. Lastly, some people have to wear braces for slightly less time compared to dental tray systems, such as Invisalign.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is a series of clear trays that are worn over the teeth. Every one to two weeks, the tray is replaced with a new one, which helps to move and shift teeth. The biggest benefit associated with this orthodontic treatment is that the trays are clear, making them less noticeable than braces. Those who are self-conscious about wearing braces, such as adults, often opt for Invisalign over traditional braces. Unlike braces, these trays can be removed as you eat, allowing you to eat all of your favorite foods and thoroughly clean your teeth.

Both braces and Invisalign can help to straighten your teeth and improve their appearance. However, while they both help to accomplish the same thing, they are very different. The way they look, what conditions they can treat, and how much they cost can vary. If you’re looking to find out what option is a better fit for you, it’s strongly recommended that you consult with an orthodontist. They can look at your teeth and provide you with estimates, helping you to determine which treatment option may be better suited for you. Contact us today if you’re looking to consult with an orthodontist about orthodontic treatment options.