There are many orthodontic options available to straighten teeth. Two of the most popular options are Invisalign® clear aligners and traditional braces. Deciding which orthodontic treatment is best for you depends on many factors. Every option has advantages and disadvantages. By exploring the differences between braces and Invisalign, you will understand which treatment may be right for you!
Although there are many differences between Invisalign and braces, both are great options for straightening teeth and improving oral health.
At GSO Orthodontics, we use braces with a discreet appearance that provide a more comfortable overall experience. Our braces are fabricated in the US from surgical grade materials, and the technology built into the braces allow extraordinary accuracy and precision in moving teeth.
Invisalign uses a different approach to alignment. The aligner system is made up of smooth plastic aligner trays that hug your teeth. By wearing the aligner system, and changing your aligner every week or as directed by your orthodontist, your teeth gradually align into a more natural position.
Perhaps the two biggest benefits of Invisalign are that they are removable, and nearly invisible. Many patients prefer Invisalign over braces because they do not feel insecure about noticeable brackets when they smile. Patients also have the freedom to remove their clear aligners to brush their teeth, eat, or drink. Since they are smooth and fitted to each patient’s mouth, they do not overly irritate the gums or cheeks.
Still, Invisalign cannot solve every issue. While Invisalign is an excellent option for certain problems, other problems may be best addressed with conventional braces. Our doctors can help determine the best choice for you after your consultation and diagnostic exam.
Braces are more suitable for complex cases that require intensive correction, and cases with more complex bite issues. In some cases, braces deliver quicker results for closing gaps than Invisalign. The biggest advantage of braces is simplicity. With braces, our doctors stay in control of treatment throughout the process. You don’t have to worry about wearing your aligners for 20+ hours per day, or stress over losing your aligners.
However, braces do have some disadvantages. Metal brackets can irritate gums and feel more cumbersome than Invisalign aligners. Braces may also cause some discomfort associated with treatment, especially after adjustment appointments. Also, patients may find eating certain sticky or hard foods more difficult.
It’s impossible to say which option is best for you without a thorough consultation. But considerations like condition, time, affordability, and outward appearance may affect your decision.
Generally speaking, both options will be able to straighten your teeth and provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted. The experts at GSO will advise you on what options make sense for your treatment and lifestyle after your virtual consultation.
Ready to start your journey to a straighter smile? Request a consultation online or call us at 770.351.7737 and press option 1. Our award-winning team has helped many Georgians achieve the smile they have always wanted. And at GSO we aim to exceed your expectations so you can LOVE. YOUR. SMILE.