Braces or Invisalign for a Straighter, More Beautiful Smile
As a dentist, I understand and appreciate the value of a beautiful smile. Having bright, evenly-spaced teeth can help you look your best and feel more confident, but if crooked teeth are crowded together in your mouth, you may find your self-confidence taking a hit instead. In addition, improperly aligned teeth are detrimental to your overall dental health, which means crooked teeth aren’t just an aesthetic issue.
If the main problem with your smile is that your teeth are crooked, I strongly recommend that you opt for either traditional braces or Invisalign aligners to straighten your teeth. I find that many patients are unsure whether braces or Invisalign are the better choice for their teeth, so here’s a brief explanation of the way each type of aligners work as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Traditional braces consist of brackets that are affixed to the teeth and run along a wire, and they can be worn across your upper teeth, lower teeth, or both. The brackets and wire are capable of correcting even the most severe of teeth alignment issues, and their structure supports slight movements over time that can make it easier to properly align your teeth. After I install the brackets and wire on your teeth, they can’t be easily removed or adjusted, but I can tighten or loosen them during the regular checkups that will be scheduled while you wear braces.
Invisalign aligners consist of a set of clear aligner trays that are usually swapped out every week or every two weeks. Unlike traditional braces, which are very prominent, the clear aligner trays are nearly invisible as the name suggests. Because of this, the primary draw of Invisalign is that your smile won’t appear any different to others, which makes many patients feel more comfortable in social situations.
Advantages and Drawbacks of Each:
I find that for many patients, the primary draw of traditional dental braces is that they’re usually cheaper than Invisalign. This makes them the wiser choice for families on a tight budget. In addition, they are better-suited for closing gaps between teeth and for correcting issues with a patient’s bite.
There are only two significant drawbacks of braces. One is physical discomfort; for many patients, the force of the wire and brackets as they shift the teeth leads to soreness in the gums. Many patients, especially children and teens, also worry about how they’ll look with wires running across their rows of teeth.
As you might expect, I find that many patients prefer Invisalign aligners because they don’t like how traditional braces look on their teeth. The fact that Invisalign trays are practically invisible is the biggest draw, but it’s also worth noting that they tend to cause less discomfort and soreness. This is largely because the aligner trays are better fitting than a wire and brackets and can be taken on and off. The treatment time for Invisalign patients is often shorter, especially for milder cases, but more severe alignment problems are often more effectively treated with traditional dental braces. Additionally, as I mentioned a bit earlier, the aligner trays are usually a slightly more expensive option.
Whichever of these two types of dental aligners you prefer, I can help you achieve the beautiful smile that you deserve. If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, make an appointment with my office today and stop by to get a free consultation with me, Dr. Rajabi. I’ll take a look at your teeth and recommend the best cosmetic dentistry practice for you, and if crooked teeth are your biggest concern, I can also help you decide whether traditional braces or Invisalign aligners are your best bet.