Are you considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, but unsure which option to choose? At Smiles Today Dental in Las Vegas, we offer both Invisalign and braces to help our patients achieve their dream smile. We will compare and contrast the two treatments to help you make an informed decision.
What are Invisalign and Braces?
Invisalign is a modern orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic aligners to gradually shift teeth into place. Each set of aligners is custom-made for the patient’s specific orthodontic needs and is worn for about two weeks before being replaced with a new set. Invisalign is a popular choice because the aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing.
Braces, on the other hand, use brackets and wires to gradually shift teeth into place. Braces are made of metal, but there are also options such as ceramic or clear brackets that make them less noticeable. Braces are typically adjusted every four to six weeks to keep teeth moving in the right direction.
Comparison of Invisalign and Braces
Appearance: Invisalign aligners are clear and less noticeable, while braces can be more visible, but there are options for less noticeable braces.
Comfort: Invisalign is generally more comfortable because there are no metal brackets or wires to irritate the mouth, but braces can be adjusted to be more comfortable over time.
Effectiveness: Invisalign is usually recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic issues while braces are often used for moderate to severe cases.
Length of treatment: Invisalign typically takes around 12 to 18 months, while braces can take anywhere from 18 to 36 months. However, treatment times can vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic issue and the patient’s compliance with treatment.
Cost: Invisalign is generally more expensive than braces, but cost can vary depending on the patient’s individual needs.
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Advantages: Invisalign is less noticeable, more comfortable, and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. It may also require fewer visits to the orthodontist than braces.
Disadvantages: Invisalign can be more expensive, may require more discipline to wear for the recommended 22 hours a day, and may not be effective for more severe orthodontic issues.
Pros and Cons of Braces
Advantages: Braces can be more effective for severe orthodontic issues, are typically less expensive than Invisalign, and do not require as much discipline to wear.
Disadvantages: Braces can be uncomfortable initially, may require more visits to the orthodontist, and are more noticeable.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign and Braces?
Criteria for Invisalign: Invisalign is typically recommended for patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as crooked teeth, spacing, or overbite.
Criteria for braces: Braces are typically recommended for patients with moderate to severe orthodontic issues such as complex malocclusions, underbites, overbites, or crossbites.
Maintenance and Aftercare
Maintenance for Invisalign: Regular cleaning of the aligners to prevent staining and bacteria buildup is required. Patients should also continue with regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, and should not eat or drink anything other than water while wearing the aligners.
Maintenance for braces: Regular cleaning to prevent staining and bacteria buildup is required, and patients should avoid sticky or hard foods that can damage the brackets or wires. Patients should also continue with regular oral hygiene practices, such as brushing and flossing, and may need to use special tools such as floss threaders to clean between the wires and teeth.
In conclusion, both Invisalign and braces are effective orthodontic treatments that can help you achieve a straighter, healthier smile. Your choice will depend on your individual needs, budget, and personal preference. At Smiles Today Dental in Las Vegas, we offer both options and can help you make the best decision for your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our orthodontic treatments.
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