Editor's Note: This post was originally published in September 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Invisalign or braces? How can you decide which is right for you? Both have their benefits, but the right one for you or your child depends on many factors.
Read on to discover the differences between the two and how to decide which one is a great fit for you or your family member:
Constructed from colored metal or resin brackets, braces are attached to the face of your teeth. Braces are better for fixing complex dental issues. For example, if one tooth is higher than the others, you may want to go with braces rather than Invisalign.
Unlike Invisalign, braces are permanent. They work around the clock to help you achieve the perfect smile. Since Invisalign is temporary, there’s always the temptation to remove the aligners. And, if you remove them too often, you can erase any progress you made.
Traditional braces require fewer trips to the dentist, saving you time and gas money! And, it doesn’t hurt that you can choose the color of your braces to make a fashion statement.
Dental braces also work faster than Invisalign to close gaps or straighten teeth. They’re the perfect solution for fixing overcrowded or crooked teeth!
Invisalign is computer-generated and custom-made for your teeth. It’s composed of clear trays that are virtually invisible, meaning Invisalign wearers can smile more confidently in social situations than they might wearing braces!
Invisalign also feels more comfortable than traditional braces. Braces tend to irritate and chafe the inside of your mouth. With Invisalign, there are no wires or brackets rubbing against the inside of your mouth.
Invisalign is a great option for any athletes. If your child wears braces and gets hit in the face with a ball, the brackets could cut their lip or cheek. Also, while braces can sometimes give you a slight lisp, Invisalign doesn’t affect your speech.
Cleaning braces takes more time than Invisalign, as Invisalign features trays you can remove and wash.
What’s also nice about Invisalign is that you can eat food you can’t with braces. When you have braces, you can’t chew gum or enjoy any of these yummy foods: sticky candy, hard candy, nuts, popcorn, corn on the cob and the list goes on. With Invisalign, these food restrictions don’t apply. You can remove the trays and enjoy all of the above goodies!
Invisalign is often worn for a shorter time frame. While you typically wear braces for 2 years, Invisalign treatment usually only lasts between 9-15 months. If you’re looking to straighten teeth without the long-term commitment to braces, then Invisalign is perfect for you.
If you’re still torn between the two, why not turn to your family dentist to help you make a decision? At West Chester Dental Arts, we can offer guidance and expert recommendations to help you achieve the best version of your smile. Give us a call at 610-696-3371 to schedule your appointment today!