If you’re considering straightening your teeth, you may be surprised to learn that there are quite a few options available to you! Braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular orthodontic treatments and can help you achieve your perfect smile. But how do you know which one is right for you?
In this blog post, we’ll explore more about the benefits of each treatment and what you should consider when choosing.
What are braces?
Braces are an orthodontic treatment that uses brackets, wires, and other materials to align teeth and correct bites. Brackets bond to the surface of your teeth with a special adhesive connected by a wire.
Your orthodontist then tightens this wire regularly to move your teeth gradually into the desired position. The entire process typically takes 1-2 years and can improve your smile’s appearance and overall oral health. Braces treat issues such as crooked teeth, underbites, overbites, misalignment, and gaps in teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a relatively new way to straighten teeth using a series of removable, clear aligners. Unlike braces, Invisalign does not use metal wires or brackets; it is virtually invisible when worn.
Each set of aligners is custom-made for your smile, and they move teeth gradually over time. Treatment times vary but typically last between 9 and 18 months, depending on the patient’s needs.
How do I know which treatment is right for me?
When it comes to choosing between braces and Invisalign, it depends on your individual needs and circumstances. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, the best way to know which treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with your orthodontist.
Generally speaking, braces are better suited to more severe misalignment issues such as overbites, underbites and widely spaced teeth. Invisalign solves mild to moderate cases, such as crowding or spacing between the teeth. However, only your orthodontist can tell you which treatment is right for you based on your situation.
The benefits of braces
- Quick results: Braces can give you quick results that last for years. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, you can get noticeable results in just a few months.
- Affordable: Braces are usually more affordable than other types of orthodontic treatments, such as Invisalign. With that said, you’ll be able to get the most accurate breakdown of costs by speaking with your orthodontist.
- Durability: Braces are incredibly durable, meaning they will last the course of your treatment if properly maintained.
- Versatile: Braces can correct many issues, from simple misalignments to more complex orthodontic issues.
- Customizable: Braces come in various colors, styles, and sizes, allowing you to customize your look to fit your style and preferences.
The benefits of Invisalign
- Discreet: Invisalign is practically invisible and requires no metal brackets or wires, making it much more discreet than traditional braces.
- Affordable: Invisalign can sometimes be more affordable than braces since treatment time may be shorter. Additionally, some insurance plans may cover part of the cost of Invisalign treatment.
- Easy to maintain: With Invisalign, you’ll have to change your aligners every two weeks or so. But you’ll be able to eat, brush and floss as normal. And cleaning your aligners is a breeze.
- Improved oral health: Since Invisalign aligners are removable, you can easily brush and floss your teeth as normal during treatment, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
At Graf Orthodontics, we have the experience and expertise to help you decide whether braces or Invisalign is the best option for your needs and goals. Both treatments effectively correct bite problems and achieve a straighter, healthier smiles, but there are differences in convenience, aesthetics, and sometimes cost.
To learn more about these treatment options and types of braces available, contact us at Graf Orthodontics today. We are here to provide a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically for your smile journey.