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Braces vs. Invisalign

For 16 years the public has debated whether braces or Invisalign is better. We are here to offer you the cold hard facts about each! Then, you can decide what you think is best for yourself!

Invisalign

When Invisalign was introduced it almost seemed too good to be true. The concept of having straight teeth without ever being called “brace-face” or “metal mouth” was appealing to many people.

Here is how it is designed to work:  Pieces of composite material will be strategically placed on certain teeth, then, trays that are custom to your mouth will be made in conjunction with the placement of the composite. The idea is that the notches in the trays slowly start to move your teeth into the proper alignment.

The great thing about Invisalign is the complete invisibility of the trays. They are also removable and comfortable. With Invisalign, it is a lot easier to clean your teeth because you don’t have to floss around the wires that traditional braces have.

Checkups are usually about 2-3 weeks apart depending on patient needs. You must have the self discipline to wear your trays for a minimum of 22 hours a day to obtain desired outcome.

Invisalign does not work for people who have bridgework, people who need to move their teeth vertically, or people who need to rotate teeth.

invisalign-comparisonBraces

There are many things that are disliked about traditional braces, the sharp wires, the permanence, the visible brackets, and the soreness that comes along with them. But there are also some really great things about braces.

Traditional braces are used to align the teeth to their ideal positions. Braces can fix a variety of problems ranging from over-bite, over-jet, under-bite, rotated teeth, and moving teeth vertically, which cannot be accomplished through Invisalign.

One advantage to having braces versus getting Invisalign is that there is no self discipline
involved. Once your braces are on, they aren’t going anywhere. You don’t have to worry about wearing anything extra to achieve the desired results.

Traditional braces are much more effective for more complex issues. For example, if a tooth is growing in higher up than the other teeth, braces can pull the tooth vertically into the correct position. Another example is if a tooth is rotated, braces can correct the rotation and align the tooth with all of the other teeth.

Braces are typically worn for an average of two years depending on patient needs. Check ups are usually once every month.

If you are interested in having a straighter smile, call us today at 385-900-5200.

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