Invisalign vs. Braces – Which is Better for You?

Invisalign versus Braces, which is better for you?

We get it. You want the smile of your dreams, but there are so many treatment options now available.

So, which do you choose?

It depends on your work habits, daily routine, and what your expectations of treatment are. Here are some advantages for each option:

Invisalign

  1. You will get “attachments” glued onto your teeth. They will generally be opaque or tooth-colored, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
  2. You will get “IPR” if you have crowding. IPR, or inter-proximal-reduction, constitutes “shaving” your teeth down some. Usually between 0.1 – 0.5 mm or more of tooth enamel will be permanently filed away.
  3. You will be able to remove your aligners when it is convenient for you to do so – like at lunch or dinner. It is easier to floss and clean your teeth with your aligners out of your mouth, too.
  4. Aligners are less noticeable to the public when you are wearing them due to their transparent nature.
  5. They DO NOT move your teeth faster than braces. You essentially treat yourself by changing aligners every one to two weeks.

Braces

  1. You will get stainless steel, clear polymer, or ceramic braces glued to your teeth. This is what allows your arch wire to move your teeth into position.
  2. Nickel-titanium arch wire moves your teeth the fastest, with low optimal forces to your teeth.
  3. “IPR” is used infrequently and is mostly never done. Reducing enamel from your teeth is never done with self-ligating braces, unless for a true Bolton Discrepancy or tooth anatomy issue.
  4. You cannot remove your braces. They are “glued” on with a fluoride infused resin that attaches to your tooth.
  5. Good dental hygiene is a must. Seeing your hygienist every four to six months is important to maintain healthy gums.

At TenBrook Orthodontics we offer a variety of treatment options to get that perfect smile you’ve always wanted. Come in for a free consultation with our Team of Experts and we will help you decide what option is right for you!

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