Both Invisalign and braces are solid teeth-straightening options with their own set of advantages. At E.S.I. Healthy Dentistry, we can help you to assess your needs to see which is the right option for you. If Invisalign is your best option, Dr. K or Dr. Patrie can help you get started on crafting your perfect smile. Below are comparisons of the two options.
Invisalign starts with a 3D digital scan of your teeth. The doctor can then create a digital plan for tooth movement from start to finish. Once the plan is completed, and approved, trays are ordered. Attachments are placed around your mouth on certain teeth and your first set of aligners are simply popped into place.
Aligners are worn for at least 20 hours every day, only removing them to eat or brush your teeth. As your teeth straighten, you’ll return to the office for additional aligners.
Unlike braces, there aren’t any brackets that can break or wires that can poke you. If an attachment comes off, it is put back on at your next regular scheduled appointment with no need for an emergency visit. There are no restrictions on what you can eat, because you can remove the aligners prior to eating.
The main thing to know about Invisalign is that you need to be diligent about wearing your aligners every day and putting them back in after meals. If the trays are worn as instructed, they will move exactly as the plan shows. At this point, there are very few things your dentist can’t do as well or even better with Invisalign than with braces.
Braces remain a reliable and effective method for correcting teeth and bite alignment problems. They involve gluing brackets to each of your teeth and using a wire to connect each bracket.
A challenge with braces is that food can get trapped between the gaps created by wires and brackets, so you will need to be vigilant about brushing, using floss threaders, and cleaning in the small spaces with a water pick or small brush. You’ll need to avoid sticky foods like caramels and gum, and hard foods like apples or corn on the cob. Your doctor will want to see you every six weeks or so to make adjustments.