Girl holding metal braces vs. Invisalign aligner

Everyone wants a beautiful, straight smile, but few of us are born with one.

Orthodontic treatment is the solution. But which one? When it comes to deciding between braces vs. Invisalign®, which is the right option for you?

Let’s start by taking a closer look at both options.

What are braces and Invisalign®?

Traditional metal braces have been the go-to orthodontic treatment for straightening teeth for decades. Braces use metal wires and brackets to put constant pressure on the teeth, encouraging them to shift position and remodeling the bone. Metal braces are extremely effective at fixing complex orthodontic issues.

Invisalign® uses a set of graduated, clear aligner trays that use gentle pressure to move teeth from crooked to straight. They are perfect for fixing aesthetic issues, but can also deal with more complex orthodontic problems.

Both treatments are effective for solving orthodontic issues such as:

  • Overbite, underbite, open bite, and crossbite
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gapped teeth

For strictly cosmetic enhancements, Invisalign® is a good option because of its low visibility during treatment. If you have complex orthodontic issues or jaw alignment problems, your Weehawken dentist or orthodontist will probably recommend braces as the best solution.

Braces vs. Invisalign® – comfort, convenience, and cost

When it comes to the questions of comfort and convenience, most patients would say Invisalign® wins hands down.

Metal braces and wires can poke and chafe the tender tissues in the mouth.

Invisalign® aligner trays are smooth plastic that fits snugly against the teeth – no chafing, no irritation.

Metal braces must be tightened and readjusted every few weeks, which can cause some discomfort for a few days.

Invisalign® requires you to change out the aligner trays every two to three weeks. There can be mild discomfort for the first 24 hours as your teeth adjust to the new aligner.

Metal braces are permanently attached to your teeth, so it can be challenging to eat meals and brush and floss your teeth. Invisalign® aligners are removable for eating, brushing, and flossing making it much easier to do a thorough job and protect your teeth and gums from bacterial build-up.

Generally, treatment with Invisalign® is faster than with braces, depending on the type of braces used and the complexity of your case.

When it comes to cost, treatment with Invisalign® and braces are about the same.

Braces vs. Invisalign® – visibility

Braces have a bad reputation when it comes to how noticeable they are.

However, modern braces have addressed this issue. Some braces now use clear, polymer materials for certain parts. Others use shape memory wire and tie-less brackets such as Damon braces. There are also state-of-the-art lingual braces placed on the backside of the teeth only.

The variety of options in this area make metal braces a much more attractive solution than in the past.

Of course, the most highly-prized advantage of Invisalign® aligners is they are made of transparent polymer materials that are not highly visible.

You can have your orthodontic treatment without drawing attention to it!

Which is the right option for you?

At Park Avenue Dental Group, we offer treatment with metal braces, ceramic braces, self-ligating braces, lingual braces, Damon braces, and Invisalign®.

Ultimately, the best way to find out which would be best for you is to make an appointment with our expert Weehawken orthodontist, Dr. Ryan Trulby, and hear his recommendations for your specific needs.

Our talented dental team includes general dentists, an orthodontist, an endodontist, and a periodontist. We take care of the needs of our patients from Hoboken, Edgewater, Jersey City, Union City, West New York, North Bergen, Secaucus, and Weehawken, NJ!

Make an appointment today to find out which orthodontic option is the right one for you!

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