What’s better, braces or Invisalign?

Everybody wants straight teeth and a great smile. Straighter teeth mean better looks, healthier teeth and less plaque buildup, and less potential for gum disease. For people with gaps between their teeth or crooked teeth, getting them straightened used to mean wearing silver-colored metal braces for a year or more; there weren’t any other choices. The embarrassment of having a mouth full of metal can be bad enough for children and teens, but adults who never wore braces when they were younger usually would choose to keep their crooked teeth rather than endure the double humiliation of wearing metal braces and being past the age that is usually associated with having them.

Luckily, attitudes about adults wearing braces have changed, and it is more common to see adults with them. There are also different types of braces available, like clear braces, or Invisalign.

Is Invisalign for you?

Invisalign is an appealing option for many because they are, as the name suggests, invisible (clear), and they are not actually braces. Invisalign involves wearing a clear tray over your teeth, and it is removable. Usually a tray is worn daily for a few weeks, and then replaced with a new tray. It is removed for eating. After about a year, the Invisalign treatment is finished and the teeth have been moved into proper alignment.

Invisalign generally costs more than braces, but for many people it is worth the extra cost to have the near invisibility and ease of use. Invisalign can be a great choice for people who have minor issues with alignment of their teeth. Invisalign works well for vertical problems with the teeth: teeth that are different heights. Finally, with Invisalign there are fewer dentist visits, and eating with them is not an issue because you can remove them.

Or are braces better?

Braces are still the best way to move teeth making them the best option for people who have crowded teeth or an incorrect bite.  Teeth that are rotated can be straightened much more effectively with braces.

Find the best method for you

Ultimately, you’ll need the help of a dentist in order to decide whether braces or Invisalign is the better option. If you would like to learn more, please download my free braces e-book.