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Should I get braces or Invisalign?

Millions of Americans wear braces or Invisalign to straighten their smiles and ease dental problems.

If you’re looking to make an adjustment to your smile for whatever reason, you may be considering braces or Invisalign. It’s key to know exactly what your options are so you can make the right choice for your health and budget before you undertake orthodontic work.

That said, choosing to invest in your smile is a great decision for your long-term oral health and satisfaction.

(If you’re ready to schedule an orthodontic consultation, please book online now or give us a call at (650) 458-3727.)

What are the differences between braces and Invisalign?

You either had braces yourself as a child, or knew many children who did. Today, over 4 million people wear braces in the U.S., over a quarter of whom are adults.

Braces as we know them today were developed in the 19th century, with roots going all the way back to Ancient Egypt. Invisalign, on the other hand, was invented in 1997.

Braces use metal brackets attached to the teeth which are adjusted every 4-6 weeks to move your teeth into place over a period averaging around 24 months. Invisalign uses custom plastic trays worn over the teeth in varying stages for around 12 months.

Some adults prefer Invisalign because of its more subtle appearance. Invisalign trays are also removable. Braces, however, are most effective for people with complex needs or existing bridgework. Work with you dental team to find the right treatment plan for you.

What are the pros of getting braces?

Braces, first and foremost, are highly effective at straightening teeth.

Beyond straightening, braces help keep teeth healthy. When teeth are misaligned, it can be hard to brush and floss completely, leading to an increased risk of dental disease.

Braces can also improve speech issues and jaw problems.

And, because they are permanently affixed to your teeth, there’s less room for human error. You can’t forget to put them in! All you need to do is brush and floss thoroughly.

What are the pros of getting Invisalign?

Invisalign is effective at straightening teeth, and some prefer its more minimal appearance.

Since the Invisalign trays are clear, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Your treatment time will often be shorter with Invisalign than braces, and the trays are removable for eating and cleaning.

Invisalign trays are custom made for your mouth and should feel comfortable while worn. You’re less likely to experience pain or breakage while wearing Invisalign than braces.

How should I decide between braces and Invisalign?

We’re happy to do a comprehensive exam and create an orthodontic treatment plan for you or your children. Book an appointment online today to get started.

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Jessica Levin
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