Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Invisalign vs. Metal Braces

When a patient wants straighter teeth, the two most common available treatments are Invisalign and metal braces. Each of these options offer different advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to discuss your individual case with your dentist.

The biggest difference between Invisalign and traditional metal braces is that braces are fixed in place and cannot be removed for the duration of treatment. The orthodontist will remove them once teeth have been moved into their correct positions. On the other hand, Invisalign is removable, making certain daily activities, such as eating and brushing your teeth, easier.

Traditional braces use metal wires attached to individual brackets in order to move teeth. The orthodontist positions and tightens the wires in order to control the straightening process. On the other hand, Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are fitted over the teeth. The aligners are part of a series that are switched out every few weeks, with each aligner moving teeth a little more.
The fact that Invisalign aligners are removable is a significant convenience factor, but it carries with it a particular risk. If patients remove the aligner too often throughout the day, they can hinder the straightening process. Consequently, Invisalign requires a greater amount of daily commitment from the patient.

However, the biggest draw for most adults is that Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic. This makes them far less noticeable than braces, which means you can get treated discreetly. In fact, unless people are looking closely, they might not even notice you’re using them. On the other hand, traditional braces are hard to hide, so people are going to know you have them.

Some people find braces to be bulky and uncomfortable when compared to Invisalign, but metal braces can be more effective at realigning teeth with severe dental problems. Braces handle vertical movement and tooth rotation better, so it might be the best choice for patients with significant bite misalignment.

Contact Lublin Dental Center for More Information!

Invisalign and metal braces offer distinct pros and cons, but both of them have proven to be effective at giving patients straighter and more attractive teeth. Contact our Brooklyn dental office so we can answer your questions and make an appointment.

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