Braces vs. Invisalign: Making The Right Choice For You

If you are considering braces for yourself or your loved one, you likely have a lot of questions, including whether traditional metal braces or Invisalign are the right choice for you.

 What’s the difference between braces and Invisalign?

Both braces and Invisalign straighten your teeth, improving your smile and your overall dental health.

Braces do this with metal brackets that are glued (often with dental cement) to the front of each tooth. The brackets are tied together by wires and small elastic bands. In the past, all brackets were silver, and quite noticeable. Today, however, brackets can come in a variety of colors!

Invisalign is designed to be, as the name suggests, invisible. The goal of Invisalign is to move your teeth into proper alignment, giving you a beautiful movie-star smile without anyone knowing that you are undergoing an orthodontic treatment. Special aligners are worn over your teeth to gently move your teeth into their proper places. Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable, safe (BPA-free) clear plastic, are made by specialists using x-rays, pictures and impressions or molds of your teeth and bite in order to create a customized orthodontic experience.

One of the other major differences between braces and Invisalign is the cost. Braces can be half as expensive as Invisalign, making them at attractive choice for many.

Additionally, each system has its own set of pros and cons. Braces are often more effective on more complex dental issues, and require no extra cleaning outside of regular brushing and flossing. Also, because they are not dependent on someone putting them in each morning, there is less chance of “user error” or laziness in usage. On the other hand, Invisalign are nearly invisible to other people, so very few people will know you are wearing braces.

So, which choice is right for you: Invisalign or braces? Well, it’s a very personal choice and will likely depend on a number of factors including what your ultimate goal for your smile is, what your lifestyle is like (especially if you play any rough, contact sports), what your dental needs are, and what dental or orthodontic challenges you face. Call 360 Orthodontics today to speak to our experienced staff, or to set up a free consultation. We’ll be happy to walk you through all your options, and to help you decide whether braces, or Invisalign, is right for you.