Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is better for you?

Braces vs. Invisalign: Which is better for you?

Over the years orthodontic care has improved thanks to advanced technologies that straighten smiles and improve mouth function in a shorter time with fewer complications.

The two main options are clear aligners and braces. It can be difficult to know which treatment is best for you: Invisalign or braces?

Since everyone’s mouth is unique, at Xmile Orthodontics we will create an individualized plan just for you.

How They Work

Invisalign is so popular because clear aligners offer discreet orthodontic correction. Crowded teeth, crossbite, overbite, wide spaces and other minor bite problems can be fixed with Invisalign treatment.

Also known as invisible braces or clear braces, plastic aligner trays straignten teeth without brackets and wires. The custom-fitted removable trays are taken out to eat and to clean your teeth. Invisalign must be work at least 20 hours per day to achieve optimal results.

During yoiur Invisalign consultation, photos and impressions will taken of your mouth. This information will be sent to a lab where your aligners will be fabricated. Invisalign gradually shifts teeth to the desired positions. Patients are typically given two sets of trays at each visit. Checkup are scheduled about 4–6 weeks apart. Orthodontic treatment is usually completed in about a year.

Traditional Dental Braces

Orthodontic braces are used to fix teeth affected by crookedness, crowding, irregular spacing, protrusions, and alignment issues. Over time, reposition teeth to create a healthier, more attractive smile. Unlike clear aligners, traditional braces are intended for more serious orthodontic cases.

Traditional braces consist of archwires, brackets and elastic bands. Brackets are made of metal, composite materials, ceramic or a combination. Braces are attached to the surface with cement and can be placed on either the front or back of teeth.

The wires are what do all of the work. Archwires are attached to the brackets and apply steady pressure that gradually repositions teeth. Modern archwires are more effective, reposition teeth faster and with less discomfort. Elastic ties connect to the wires and often replaced.

It takes only about 10–20 minutes to place traditional brackets and wires. Regularly scheduled visits every 3–10 weeks are needed to replace the ties and make adjustments. It is common to experience minor discomfort and tightness after an adjustment appointment.

Treatment time varies from patient to patient. Some cases take 6–8 months while other require more than two years to achieve the desired results.  After the brackets and wires are removed, a retainer is worn prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position.

Ceramic Braces vs. Invisalign

If you are want a discreet and convenient orthodontic treatment to move your teeth into position, choose Invisalign. A consultation with Xmile Orthodontics will determine if clear aligners are right for you. Book an appointment today with our Pasadena, TX orthodontist.

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