5 Major Differences Between Traditional Braces And Invisalign

5 Major Differences Between Traditional Braces And Invisalign

Everyone wants beautiful, straight teeth! Orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry are rapidly growing fields that allow men and women to dramatically change their smiles. When it comes to straightening teeth, traditional braces and Invisalign are two of the most popular options we offer here at Bridge Creek Dental. What are the differences between these two methods? Read on and find out.

1. Braces are visible, while Invisalign is discreet.

If you’ve ever heard the terms “brace face” or “metal mouth” in adolescence, you know that braces are known for being particularly attractive. Braces involve brackets, wires and sometimes rubber bands that all work together to put your teeth in the correct position. While they are very effective at this, it isn’t the most glamorous process. Invisalign straightens teeth with clear plastic aligners that are very discreet.

2. Braces are better suited for making functional improvements than Invisalign.

Invisalign is great at making more minor aesthetic adjustments, while braces can help patients with more complex cases of crowded and crooked teeth. They can close large gaps, align teeth that are twisted and help with bite issues. Fixing these issues will make your smile look better but they can also improve the overall health and function of your teeth.

3. Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces.

While it may taking a little getting used to, wearing clear plastic aligners is much more comfortable than dealing with metal brackets and wires. Plus, with traditional braces you will be getting your braces adjusted and tightened regularly. Oral B estimates that these adjustments usually happen every 4 to 6 weeks. Patients with traditional braces often suffer from some soreness and tenderness after an adjustment.

4. There is more room for patient error with Invisalign.

Invisalign users are instructed to wear their aligners for 22 to 24 hours a day and to only take them out for eating, drinking or other special occasions. But the truth is that many patients do not keep their aligners in that much and as a result the treatment does not work as well as intended. With braces, taking them off at home is not really an option, which means there is little chance you can derail the process.

5. Certain foods are restricted with traditional braces.

Popcorn, caramels, gum, nuts and corn on the cob are just a few of the foods that are no-no’s with traditional braces. Eating anything overly sticky or hard can hurt your braces. With Invisalign you can simply take out your tray and enjoy anything you would like!

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