Braces Vs. Invisalign®
If you found yourself here, chances are you’re considering orthodontic treatment to achieve that beautiful, confident smile. Or you’re thinking about which one is best for your child.
You’ve probably heard of traditional metal braces and the newer Invisalign® aligners, but you might be wondering how these compare.
Through our blog, Webster Orthodontics can help you understand which one may be the better choice for your specific needs — metal braces or Invisalign®.
Braces: tried and true
Let’s start with metal braces; they’ve been around for centuries and have a proven track record.
Metal braces consist of brackets, wires, and bands that our Las Vegas, NV orthodontist adjusts over time. This gradual and precise process applies controlled pressure to your teeth, moving them into the desired position.
You can choose from various colors and change them as necessary; some options are less noticeable than others.
Invisalign: revolutionary and discreet
Invisalign® has revolutionized the world of orthodontics, offering a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional metal braces.
This treatment option consists of a series of clear, custom-made aligners that fit snugly over your teeth to apply pressure and shift them into their proper positions.
These aligners are made from a unique, virtually invisible, dental-safe plastic material, making them a popular choice for individuals who want to maintain a more natural appearance during treatment.
Is Invisalign® faster than braces?
Many patients wonder, “Is Invisalign® faster than braces?” The answer depends on the specific case.
Invisalign® typically works faster for mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
However, for more severe orthodontic problems, metal braces may be the quicker option. The durability and strength of metal braces allow for more significant adjustments in a shorter time frame.
Our orthodontist will assess your needs and guide you on which treatment will yield faster results.
What Invisalign® and braces correct
So, what do metal braces and Invisalign® correct?
Metal braces excel at correcting teeth that are crooked or misaligned, even in severe cases. On the other hand, Invisalign® is excellent for fixing mild to moderate issues with teeth alignment.
Both Invisalign® and braces can correct spacing issues. When it comes to more serious spacing problems, braces reign as the supreme option.
If your teeth are crowded, metal braces can gradually create space and align properly. Clear aligners can do the same but aren’t as effective of an option for severe cases.
Metal braces are highly effective at addressing overbites, underbites, and crossbites. Though it depends on the seriousness of your case, Invisalign® can often correct these issues as well.
Invisalign® offers a discreet option for individuals concerned about the appearance of traditional metal braces.
Clear aligners are smooth and comfortable, with no sharp brackets or wires to irritate. They tend to take less time to adjust to than braces.
Ultimately, the choice between metal braces and Invisalign® depends on your unique orthodontic needs and personal preferences. With that said, both options have advantages and can deliver excellent results under the expert care of our orthodontists at Webster Orthodontics.
We’re here to guide you every step of the way, from the decision process until the end of your treatment and beyond. And we treat both children and adults!
So, book your consultation today.
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