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

Invisalign vs braces options

People wear braces only to straighten teeth, right? Wrong!

An aesthetically pleasing smile is just a lovely side effect. In fact, over 4 million people in the U.S. wear braces, and 25% of those individuals are adults. Additionally, over 10 million people have used Invisalign as an option to straighten their teeth.

Dentists and orthodontists suggest braces or Invisalign to alleviate all kinds of dental problems. Depending on your issues, you probably have several different options to choose from, so let’s delve into the difference between modern Invisalign and braces! Dr. Bass of Bass Dentistry in Gastonia, NC can help discuss your options further with a consultation. 

Straight teeth with Invisalign illustration

What are the Benefits of having Straight Teeth?

Getting braces is 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 every time you eat or talk. Those are the two of the best things in life, no one wants that! Using braces or Invisalign to obtain straight teeth can help alleviate everyday pains.

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

Crooked teeth with Invisalign illustration

All About Invisalign

You have probably heard about Invisalign or met someone that has worn them. The appeal is that they look better, is no metal involved, and people really enjoy the fact that others don’t notice their orthodontic treatment.

For best results, you should wear your Invisalign for 20-22 hours each day. This allows you to take the aligners out to eat and there is no need to change the types of food you love, 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, the doctor 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. 

At your first appointment, the doctor may place attachments on your teeth as needed. These simply 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 begin to happen quickly! Most Invisalign patients usually see drastic results in 6-8 months.   

Invisalign is a wonderful option; however, patients need discipline! It is easy to take them out and forget to put them back in. In addition to needed discipline, Invisalign is usually the more expensive option because of the sophisticated technology used. 

Straight teeth with braces illustration

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 visits to the orthodontist for regular adjustments and checkups. 

Getting started with braces. Crooked teeth with braces illustration

Getting Started with Braces

Putting braces on is a fairly 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 put into place using a very strong 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!

illustration of dentist with Invisalign and braces options

How do straight teeth improve your life?

Having a straight smile can benefit you in ways you may not realize. It can provide a huge confidence boost that people are sure to notice!

When you are accustomed to certain ailments and have lived with them for a long time, they begin to go unnoticed and unfortunately you just get used to them. Braces or Invisalign can help give you more mobility and newfound release.

It is important that you make the right decision for yourself regarding your method of alignment, so research your options and talk with professionals who will help you make the best decision.

Bass Dentistry serving Gastonia, NC and surrounding 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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