Which Option Is Better, Braces or Invisalign?

The route to get a straight smile can be confusing since you have more than one way to choose from. Usually, you might find dentists deciding between braces or invisalign since they are effective solutions for perfect-looking teeth. Let’s dive into more details.

How Does Invisalign Vs. Braces Work?

Invisalign
Invisalign treatment includes usage of a series of transparent, medical-grade plastic aligners that exert slight pressure on the teeth to move them into their desired position. These trays are custom-designed after getting a 3D scan of the teeth. This step further locks in accuracy of this treatment since it offers precise fit and targeted pressure.

Each set of aligner trays is worn for 2 weeks on average before moving on to the next one. Every set gently moves teeth a little at a time. The best part about invisalign is their discreet appearance. Because of the clear and flexible plastic material, Invisalign becomes virtually invisible on teeth.

Traditional Braces
Traditional braces compose of metal or ceramic brackets that are affixed to each tooth, by wires and rubber bands. Their main function is to exert constant pressure on the teeth, gradually changing their position.

Unlike Invisalign, braces are neither discrete in terms of looks nor not removable during treatment. This means the wearer needs to exercise caution with certain foods that can potentially damage the braces.

Food items such as hard candies, sticky gums or chewy items have made it to the no-go list. Even with these limitations, traditional braces are often the first choice for straightening teeth since their success rate is quite high for complex cases.

Advantages of Choosing Invisalign

Appearance
Clear plastic Invisalign aligners snugly fit the teeth and are not visible. This characteristic is a major advantage for those who do not want their aesthetics to compromise.

Comfort
Invisalign is made to snap fit your teeth with no damage or discomfort. While some discomfort is a given since it puts slight pressure for teeth repositioning, unlike braces, Invisalign poses least to no pain.

Ease of Brushing and Flossing
Taking care of your teeth is easy with Invisalign as compared to braces since they can be taken off. Remove the tray and brush along with floss normally.

Benefits of Braces

Suitable For Severe Cases
Braces, unlike Invisalign, work well for all sorts of cases, including complex ones. Since it is attached directly to each tooth, braces have more power and put more pressure that works for the most complex cases.

Multiple Choices
There are many options available in the market; from metal braces to ceramics. You can also choose behind-teeth (lingual) ones for a more stealth appearance.

Less Fear of Displacement
Unlike Invisalign, removing braces without an orthodontist is not possible. However, since there is no need to remove a mouthpiece before eating you can live stress free.

Which Is Better, Invisalign or Braces?

While both options, Invisalign and braces, straighten teeth quite well, Invisalign offers a near-invisible and comfortable treatment. However, braces are best for complex cases since they provide more precise control and of course, affordable, requiring less patient maintenance.

Closing Note

Truth be told, the choice between braces or Invisalign depends on your lifestyle, budget and the degree of correction needed. If you have more questions, get in touch with Dr. Vijay Maheshwari, DDS at Infuse Dental. He is a postgraduate of Pacific Dental College and a reputed member of the ADA. We are just a call away. Dial (219) 472-0042 to connect with us and learn more about what we have in store for you.

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