The Two Main Differences Between Braces and Invisalign

Getting your teeth straightened no longer means months wearing metal appliances, and for adults who want straighter teeth, this is good news. Invisalign allows gentle straightening of the teeth without the need for full braces, but is this the right answer for everyone? Does Invisalign mean the end to braces, or will some Houston area patients still need the benefits that braces can provide? Kerry M. Bloom, DDS, wants his patients in the Houston area to understand the two main differences between braces and Invisalign so they can make the right choice for their orthodontic work.

Only one works well for complex movements

The decision between Invisalign and braces will often be made based on the extent of the problems your teeth have. Dr. Bloom will perform a thorough assessment of your teeth and what movement needs to take place in order to make the best choice for your needs.

Of the two choices, one stands out for those cases in which teeth require significant movement. In one clinical study, for example, Invisalign fell short in situations in which the canines needed rotation, a process only braces could handle. This and other studies show that braces are best for more complicated cases. They’re a proven, effective, and efficient way to fix complex issues such as rotated teeth or large gaps between teeth.

So when is Invisalign the best treatment choice? Invisalign works well when minor horizontal movements will complete the orthodontic treatment. In other instances, braces will work better.

Only one is invisible and removable

While braces work best for complex movements or large gaps, Invisalign is the only alignment system that’s virtually invisible. If you’re concerned about your look while you are working on your dental alignment, Invisalign is the right choice. Braces, even with lighter-colored brackets, do add the look of metal to your mouth.

Invisalign aligners are worn for at least 22 hours a day, but they’re removed for eating and oral hygiene. The ability to remove the aligners is critical to protecting the teeth because you’ll need to brush them after every meal. Your aligners also will need to be cleaned regularly to protect your teeth.

Which is right for you?

So which of these options is right for you? The answer depends on many factors, including your budget. Invisalign may be more aesthetically appealing and comfortable to wear, but the aligners typically cost more than braces. Also, you must be able to commit to the program because if you don’t wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day, they will not be able to do their job.

To make the decision easier, always consult with a qualified dentist and orthodontist in the Houston area before making your choice. Dr. Bloom is happy to answer your questions regarding braces and Invisalign so you can make an informed decision. Give our office a call today, and make the right choice for your teeth as you seek a straighter smile.

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