Invisalign Vs. Braces: Which Option is Right For You?

Cartoon illustration of two happy looking teeth. One tooth wears a metal bracket associated with traditional braces, the other is covered by a transparent cap to represent an Invisalign aligner.

Only kids get their teeth straightened, right? Wrong!

In fact, of the more than 4 million people in the U.S. who currently wear braces, 25% of those individuals are adults. Additionally, over 10 million people—adults included— have straightened their teeth with Invisalign.

Dentists and orthodontists suggest braces or Invisalign for adults to alleviate all dental problems. Let’s delve into the differences between modern Invisalign and traditional braces! 

What are the Benefits of having Straight Teeth?

Getting braces may seem like a right of passage in your youth, but the stigma of adults getting braces or Invisalign is lessening because of their great dental benefits.

When your teeth are straight, they don’t wear as quickly and are easier to keep clean. Not having to dig into hard-to-reach areas makes it easier to floss and care for your teeth daily.

When your teeth are more crooked, it can affect your jaw alignment, causing discomfort whenever you eat or talk. Those are two of the best things in life, so no one wants that! Using braces or Invisalign for straight teeth can help alleviate everyday pains.

Of course, the most apparent and desired benefit of straight teeth is a significant confidence boost. Life is better when you smile more! 

Cartoon illustration of three misaligned teeth covered with a transparent Invisalign aligner.

All About Invisalign

You’ve probably heard about Invisalign or met someone who has worn these nearly invisible aligners. The appeal is that there is less pain, no metal brackets, and most people won’t even notice your orthodontic treatment.

You should wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours daily for the best results. You can take the aligners out to eat, and there’s no need to change the types of food you consume or how you eat them. Some people can find it difficult to eat certain foods with traditional braces. 

The Invisalign Process

After you schedule your initial Invisalign appointment, Dr. Bass will do a quick, painless scan of your mouth. The doctor sends your scan to a specialist at Invisalign so they can make your custom aligners. 

The doctor may place attachments on your teeth at your first appointment as needed. These help the aligners stay in place on your teeth and are polished off upon completion.

When you wear the aligners as prescribed by your doctor, you will see change happen quickly. Most Invisalign patients usually see drastic results in 6-8 months.   

Invisalign is an excellent option; however, patients need discipline! It is easy to take them out and forget to put them back in. Additionally, Invisalign is usually the more expensive option because of the sophisticated technology used. 

Cartoon illustration of three misaligned teeth wrapped with wire and metal brackets to represent the tooth straightening process with traditional braces.

All About Traditional Braces

For centuries, braces have helped people achieve their cosmetic and dental goals. 

Traditional braces are suitable for every dental case, no matter how severe. Braces can be used to fix each one because they are the most powerful treatment method in moving teeth into their desired position. 

There are different types of traditional braces as well! Ceramic braces and lingual braces are both less noticeable options.

Traditional braces must be kept squeaky clean! Otherwise, plaque build-up around the brackets can lead to staining and decay. Yikes!

Remember that braces require frequent orthodontics visits for regular adjustments and checkups. 

Getting Started with Braces

Putting braces on is a reasonably straightforward process. At your first appointment, your orthodontist will take impressions of your teeth using a mold. From there, the orthodontist will determine the placement of the brackets and the best course of treatment for you.

At your follow-up appointment, you will have your teeth prepped, and the brackets placed using a powerful adhesive. Additionally, the wire and rubber bands will be placed accordingly. Then, viola! You’re on your way to better teeth, more confidence, and less pain!

Cartoon illustration of two happy looking teeth using a magnifying glass.

How do straight teeth improve your life?

Having a straight smile can benefit you in ways you may not realize. First and foremost, it can provide a huge confidence boost that people will surely notice!

It is essential that you make the right decision for yourself regarding your method of alignment. Research your options and schedule consultations with dental professionals who can help you through the decision-making process.

Bass Dentistry, serving Gastonia, NC, and the surrounding areas, is ready to help guide you in the right direction. Dr. Bass is happy to discuss all options, evaluate your case, and help you decide what’s best for you. Schedule your next appointment now!

Healthy Gums,
Healthy Life

If dental health is important to you and your family, take steps to know how to keep your gums healthy. Gum health is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and overall good dental hygiene. Brush and floss multiple times per day, avoid tobacco products, and use a therapeutic mouthwash. 

If you want to know more about maintaining a healthy smile, book an appointment today with Bass Dentistry.

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