Braces vs Invisalign: Which Is Right for Me?

If you weren't blessed with a perfectly straight smile (and, let's be honest, most of us aren't,) then you're probably on the search for orthodontic treatment. Not too long ago, your only option would have been braces. But, with Invisalign proving more and more that it can be an effective treatment for a variety of bite problems, you are now faced with a hard decision: 

What should you choose: Braces or Invisalign

Let's discuss the pros and cons of each to help you determine which one is the better option for your needs.

The Pros and Cons of Braces

Traditional braces are a proven and established way of straightening teeth. However, they do have their advantages and disadvantages:

They Can Correct All Types of Malocclusions 

Traditional braces have been used for a very long time and have proven their efficiency in treating countless teeth misalignments. Whether you have a poor bite, crooked teeth, or protruding teeth, braces can help you correct the problem and achieve a straight and beautiful smile. 

Treatment Time Can Vary 

A lot of people are under the impression that correcting teeth with braces takes longer than with Invisalign, but that's not always true. While the average treatment time is about two years, it largely depends on your condition. 

You Can't Take Them Off

The braces are there to stay for the duration of the treatment. Some people can find this very uncomfortable as the wires and brackets can cause some gum soreness. 

Dental Hygiene Is Trickier

Because you can't take traditional braces off, maintaining good oral hygiene can be quite hard. People with braces are more likely to develop cavities because of the food particles trapped in the brackets. 

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign 

The Trays Are Transparent 

One of the things that make Invisalign so appealing is the fact that the trays are virtually invisible. If you are already self-conscious about your smile and don't want to attract any more attention to your teeth, then Invisalign can provide a more discreet treatment. 

You Can Take the Trays Off

The aligners are invisible and you can take them off whenever you are eating, drinking your coffee, or brushing your teeth. That makes the treatment more comfortable for some people. Keep in mind though, that you have to wear the trays for at least 22 hours a day. 

Invisalign Is Quite Pricey 

Comfort and aesthetics do come with a price. If you opt for Invisalign, then you can expect to pay more than for traditional braces. 

Invisalign Can Only Treat Moderate Dental Problems 

While Invisalign can treat a wide variety of dental issues, it's only effective if your misalignment is mild or moderate. 

Which One Is Right for Me? 

In the end, your dentist can decide if you are a good candidate for Invisalign. If your misalignment is too severe, then Invisalign is not really an option anymore. 

Dr. Walsh and the team at Great Bay Orthodontics can help you find the right orthodontic treatment for you. 

Get in touch and book your appointment today.

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