Rather than simply asking "Invisalign or braces?", a better thing to contemplate is which of the two will work best for you? To determine this, the dentists at Dasling Dentistry will consider a number of important factors, including your jaw, teeth, bite and of course the overall complexity of your case.
Not Everyone Knows about Invisalign
Not everyone seems to be aware of Invisalign and that this orthodontic device can often be used in place of traditional braces. However, you might be surprised at the number of orthodontic problems Invisalign can be used to correct. To better understand the battle between Invisalign versus braces, and which of the two might be the right choice, we need to take a good look at what each of the different techniques has to offer:
Today's braces bear very little resemblance to the "train tracks" used many years ago. Those in use today are far more comfortable and thanks to advances in technology and design are far less visible. Modern braces consist of three main parts:
- Brackets: These are attached to each individual tooth.
- Band or Bonding: This is used to attach the brackets to the teeth.
- An Archwire: This is the thin wire (typically stainless steel) that attaches to each of the brackets exerting a slight force used to move the teeth into proper alignment.
The Invisalign Orthodontic Device
Invisalign uses a series of "aligners" created from a series of computer generated images. These are similar to retainers in that they can be easily removed for cleaning and to allow you to brush your teeth. You will have to use each aligner in the series for approximately two weeks before it will be time to replace it with the next one in the series.
Advantages of Invisalign
- Clear aligners are virtually undetectable
- Invisalign aligners are made from plastic and are smooth so they won't irritate the inside of your mouth
- Aligners are removable for cleaning and brushing your teeth
In the Case of Invisalign vs Braces which is the Right One for You?
When trying to decide whether Invisalign or braces is the best choice for you, it is important to remember that both of these orthodontic devices have their good and bad points. In some instances, your dentist may recommend starting off with braces as your orthodontic treatment is too complicated for Invisalign in the beginning.
As one of the premier Invisalign Providers in Charlotte, NC we specialize in Invisalign orthodontic devices and the entire Invisalign process. Not only can we easily treat most minor to moderate alignment issues with Invisalign aligners, but we can also treat a number more severe cases using these clear aligners.
Talk to your dentist in Charlotte, NC to see which one is right for your particular situation.