Braces or Invisalign – What is best for you?

It is time to stop looking in the mirror and wishing for a straighter, more beautiful smile. Take action today by taking steps toward achieving the smile you have always wanted. If you have been considering adult braces or Invisalign and have been waiting to learn more about the process, this article will provide you with the knowledge you need to make the right decision. 

Learning about Adult Braces

Braces require a certain amount of gear, from brackets to arch wires, that are convenient and effective because they are attached (glued) to the teeth and work around the clock. You may imagine that braces may be an overbearing, obvious, and obnoxious addition to your smile. However, modern braces are both more comfortable and less noticeable than the braces of years past. Also, the new, modern archwires are more flexible, which means a much less painful overall process.  The brackets can be metal, porcelain (clear, less visible) or “invisible “braces where the brackets are attached on the inside of the teeth (Harmony). 

Braces are great for improving esthetics and especially important for improving the long-term function of the teeth and jaws. If you have severely crooked teeth or a noticeable bite problem, braces are your best option. Brackets are extremely effective at moving teeth and correcting crooked teeth,  gaps, fixing bites, and other complex dental problems.

Understanding Invisalign

The main benefit and draw of this type of treatment is that it is often undetectable to others. The aligners are made of a clear, almost invisible plastic that continues to gain in popularity as an alternative to braces. The aligners, or trays, are computer-generated in a series that takes your teeth from the first day to the final look over the course of several months. The number of trays, or aligners, is determined by the severity of the malocclusion being treated, otherwise said, it depends on how complex the bite is at the beginning of the treatment.

The aligners are smooth, which means they do not irritate the inside of the mouth like braces can. They also do not affect speech in any way. Each tray helps gradually guide the teeth into position and is replaced by a new tray every few weeks. Thanks to the nature of the system, in general, patients can expect fewer visits than the patients that are wearing braces.

Since there are no brackets or wires to contend with, Invisalign wearers have none of the food restrictions or cleaning issues that can bother those with braces. Since the trays are typically removed while eating, wearers can continue to enjoy foods like popcorn and corn on the cob that are off-limits for those with braces. Invisalign trays are removed while flossing and brushing teeth that facilities good oral health.

However, patients with Invisalign must be extremely self-disciplined. The trays must be worn for a recommended 20-22 hours per day, to produce the desired results.  Changing to a new tray, is recommended at night to help your teeth adjust to the new position while you sleep and limit discomfort the following day. The trays need to be regularly cleaned with toothbrush and toothpaste.

Which is Right for Me?

As an Invisalign Elite Provider, I understand the ins and outs of the Invisalign treatment program, and my years of experience allow me to help patients achieve bright, straight, beautiful smiles using aligners. Also, my experience allows me to recognize that Invisalign is not for everyone. I will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment. Braces may be the best option to treat your orthodontic condition effectively and efficiently.

No matter the course of treatment, the result will be an excellent bite and a beautiful smile. Call our office today at (512) 863-8580 to book a free consultation, or visit Goldenberg Orthodontics online to learn more about our practice and treatment options.