How to Choose between Braces and Invisalign
All orthodontics can improve appearance permanently after treatment, but many patients would also prefer to look good while their teeth are being straightened. For this reason, in particular, clear orthodontics are increasingly preferred over their metal counterparts. Here is a look at how to choose between these options.
Considerations to Make
You should consider not only appearance but also cost, treatment time and convenience as you compare clear and metal braces. In many cases, metal orthodontics are more affordable than clear ones. Clear orthodontics can often straighten teeth more quickly than metal ones. Convenience is positively affected by the ability to remove Invisalign aligners. Just as you can take the aligners out to eat cold, hard or sticky foods, you can remove them for routine and thorough brushing and flossing.
Who Can Choose Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners can address most types of bite irregularities, including overbite, crossbite, underbite and bad spacing and rotation. In cases where teeth need to be moved vertically, an option other than clear aligners may be recommended. For the standard type of clear aligners, only adults and some older teenagers are potential candidates, but the Teen version works for most adolescents. Express is designed for fast treatment of mild irregularities.
While general guidelines for candidacy can give you an ideal of whether a treatment is right for you, only an office exam will tell for sure. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to find out more about different orthodontics and determine which is right for you.
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