Comparing Invisalign to Braces
Once you’ve decided that you want to straighten your teeth, it’s important to compare your orthodontic options to determine which one is best for you. Here are some things to consider when deciding between braces and Invisalign.
Know What You Want to Correct
Your first step is determining whether or not Invisalign will fix the problem that you want to correct. Invisalign closes gaps between your teeth, adjusts minor crowding, and changes mild overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Although Invisalign effectively corrects minor problems, it doesn’t always help with more severe cases. If you need to rotate canines or premolars, move teeth vertically, or fix severely crooked teeth, traditional braces might offer a better solution for you.
Of course, the Invisalign technology is improving all the time, so it can correct more cases than ever.
Less Metal Means More Confidence
Next, you might consider appearance. Invisalign utilizes clear plastic retainer trays that are nearly invisible. Many adults prefer the invisible option for a more professional appearance, and the invisible retainers can make teens feel less self-conscious.
Maintenance and Oral Health
Oral health and hygiene also factor into the decision. With traditional braces, you brush the brackets and wires while you brush your teeth. Brackets can make brushing and flossing difficult, and you need to avoid any toothpaste with whitening effects in order to prevent discoloration.
Invisalign makes hygiene a little easier. Simply remove your retainers as you brush your teeth. Rinse and brush the retainers in lukewarm water, and pop them back in once you finish brushing and flossing.