While there are many options to straighten teeth gradually, traditional braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular orthodontic treatments available.
With both being FDA-approved devices that yield stunning results, it can be hard to know which method is best for you or your child. When choosing between Invisalign aligners and braces, you should consider all benefits and drawbacks to find the most effective treatment for your unique smile.
Sprayberry Orthodontics offers traditional braces, Invisalign systems, and professional care to help Auburn, Opelika, and East Alabama residents fall in love with their smile again.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Unlike the high visibility of metal braces, Invisalign aligners utilize a clear plastic that closely fits a user’s teeth while being nearly invisible.
While the inconspicuous nature of Invisalign is a massive benefit, clear aligner treatment also provides more comfort, greater ease of access, and fewer orthodontist visits during treatment.
For more information on this simple alternative to traditional braces, Sprayberry Orthodontics provides multiple resources and expert advice on Invisalign treatment plans.
Every set of Invisalign is custom-made to fix any distinctive smile. Due to this, clear aligners fit flush against your teeth reducing the chances of any cuts or discomfort that traditional braces can cause.
While Invisalign users do experience some natural discomfort while teeth reposition, the inside of the mouth typically remains unscathed.
Ease of Access
Invisalign can be removed anytime, anywhere, which means no need for a lengthy and challenging dental care process. This ease of access also allows you to continue to enjoy your favorite foods.
Fewer Orthodontist Visits
Traditional braces require constant tweaking and tightening by professionals, causing orthodontist visits to be frequent. Some Invisalign patients won’t have to fit multiple orthodontist visits in their busy schedules since you just switch to the next tray instead of having an in office braces adjustment.
The Drawbacks of Invisalign
While clear aligners provide comfort and ease of access, they do not work for every situation and are typically best for people who need only minor straightening.
Most Invisalign treatments require patients to wear aligners for 20-22 hours daily, yet with the ability to take them out at any time, many Invisalign users fall behind the treatment schedule. Wearing them less often may slow progress and even harm the final results.
Must Remove to Eat
Water is about the only thing you can eat or drink while wearing Invisalign. Hot beverages can warp the aligners, while artificial colors can stain them. Eating can become tedious while under treatment, as aligners must be removed every time.
The Benefits of Braces
Braces have remained a go-to teeth alignment treatment thanks to their many benefits.
A Straightforward Approach
Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces cannot be removed during treatment. This means traditional braces require a lot less responsibility than many clear aligners. There’s no need to remove a mouthpiece while eating, or having to wear aligners for a certain amount of time each day.
The Drawbacks of Braces
While metal braces are very effective, they are not very comfortable. Cuts often form on the inside of the mouth, and they can take a good amount of time to get used to.
Nuts, bagels, hard candy, and popcorn are not allowed while wearing braces. These foods can get stuck or even damage the brackets and wires.
For more information, see Sprayberry Orthodontics’ list on the do’s and don’ts of braces.
Braces, especially traditional metal aligners, are very visible. While ceramic and lingual braces are available, any form of braces is going to be more visible than Invisalign.
Using a trusted specialist is key to finding the best treatment plan for you. Located in Auburn, Sprayberry Orthodontics is a board certified orthodontist committed to offering patient-friendly treatments specific to you.