Traditional braces and Invisalign are both designed to improve the appearance of your smile by aligning your bite and straightening your teeth. Straight teeth also promote improved oral health by reducing wear and making teeth easier to brush and floss adequately.
However, there are some differences between traditional braces and Invisalign—notably the appearance of the systems.
How Traditional Braces and Invisalign Are Different
Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires that your dentist fixes to your teeth. Throughout therapy, a dental professional adjusts these wires to straighten your teeth on a timeline.
Drawbacks include having metal or wires on your teeth that can detract from your smile. These wires may also irritate your cheeks and gums. Additionally, you cannot remove your braces when brushing and flossing, which can interfere with your oral hygiene routine.
Your dentist uses impressions of your teeth to help the Invisalign lab create custom aligners that fit your smile. Every couple of weeks, you change your aligner, straightening your teeth on a timeline. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your aligner to enjoy your meals and to brush and floss adequately. Invisalign aligners are also clear and discreet—friends may not even notice you’re wearing them.
Both traditional braces and Invisalign therapy can take several months to two years, depending on the issues that need correcting. And both treatments can successfully treat:
- Crooked, overlapping, and twisted teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Bite alignment issues
Your dentist in Metairie, LA always makes sure the option you choose will give you the smile you’ve been looking for.
The first step is a consultation and conversation in our dental office.
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