Orthodontics has been known to improve the alignment of a patient’s teeth to enhance the appearance of their smile. When looking to straighten your teeth, many patients often wonder if they should consider the traditional approach of getting metal braces or acquiring an Invisalign® retainer.
Both braces and Invisalign® can help you work towards achieving straight and beautiful teeth while improving your overall oral health. However, knowing which option will best benefit you can make a huge difference in your final dental results. Below, we have compiled a list of things to know about Invisalign® and braces that will help you determine the best option and prepare you for a consultation with Dr. Kohani.
What Is the Difference?
You are probably asking yourself what makes Invisalign® and metal braces so different when they both work to straighten your teeth? Well, that has to do with your oral health needs as well as the process of how they can straighten your teeth. Preference also plays a huge role in your choice of orthodontics.
Invisalign® is a metal-free, FDA-approved method that strengthens your teeth to improve the alignment of your jaw. What makes Invisalign® appealing to so many patients is that it allows for them to remove the aligner at any time, unlike metal braces. Invisalign® also makes it easier to brush your teeth and enjoy the foods that you usually cannot eat while wearing traditional braces.
Rather than using a mold like traditional braces, Invisalign® renders a 3D image of your teeth to create the aligner trays with just the right fit. Most Invisalign® retainers are made out of a flexible plastic named SmartTrack® that gradually moves your teeth. This type of plastic feels smooth and comfortable on the teeth and gives you the option to have braces discreetly because they are made to look invisible.
Traditional braces are a dental treatment using metal brackets that are glued to the enamel of each individual tooth. Metal wires are then maneuvered between each bracket as they mold and shape your teeth over time. While braces are less comfy and cannot be easily removed, they are effective at treating extreme dental issues that Invisalign® cannot correct.
This method also allows your dentist to have total control over the alignment of your teeth and is less expensive than Invisalign®. The wires placed along the brackets can also be made the same color as your enamel, or you can choose different colors to have fun with the appearance of your braces.