The days of every single orthodontist getting the exact same type of treatment to straighten their teeth are GONE! Now you have options! Keep reading to learn more about Invisalign vs. traditional braces.

 Invisalign 101

Invisalign are clear trays (called aligners) made of flexible plastic. The aligners work by applying light pressure to gently guide your teeth into their ideal position. Each patient will receive a set of custom aligners that are made just for their individual mouth and needs. Dr. Gibson will explain to you that you need to wear your aligners 23 hours a day and how often you need to switch to a new tray.

Braces 101

Traditional metal braces are pretty much what most people picture when they think of braces. Metal brackets are affixed to the front of the patient’s teeth and a wire is placed inside each of those brackets. Teeth are moved by tightening the wire, which will apply pressure to the teeth to help them move into a perfectly straight smile.

Benefits of Invisalign

  •     Invisalign is nearly invisible and one of the most subtle ways to straighten your teeth.
  •     You can take Invisalign trays out to eat and to brush/floss your teeth.
  •     Invisalign requires fewer office visits because you change trays at home.

Cons of Invisalign 

  •     Patients must be responsible enough to wear their aligners consistently.
  •     Some patients may not be good candidates for Invisalign based on their individual diagnoses and needs.

Benefits of Braces

  •     Braces are an excellent choice for patients who have trouble remembering to wear aligner trays or who might be prone to breaking or losing aligners.
  •     Traditional is a good choice for most patients, especially younger patients who still need permanent teeth to erupt.
  •     Easy to maintain.

Cons of Traditional Braces

  •     The appearance of traditional braces is not subtle.
  •     Traditional braces require more because you have to have your wires tightened regularly.

We Can Help You Decide

Still have questions? Don’t worry! We’re happy to help you decide which orthodontic option is best for you. You can always schedule an appointment online to get started or give us a call!

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