Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Maybe you have one or two teeth that stick out, or a protruding overbite. Whatever your orthodontic imperfections may be, you can see a noticeable change in your appearance and your health with orthodontic treatment.

Both Invisalign and metal braces are viable options for straightening your smile. Which option is best for you?

You can explore our page to learn more about the differences between Invisalign and traditional braces. Feel free to give us a call to schedule a consultation or exam with our Invisalign expert, Dr. Skinner, today.

Appearance of Braces vs Sleek Look of Invisalign

Traditional braces consist of brackets and wires. Ceramic or clear braces are less obvious than silver metal braces, but all traditional options are going to be a conspicuous part of your appearance.

The nice thing about Invisalign trays is that they are virtually invisible on your teeth. Most people won’t notice that you are wearing braces. They are a good option for image-conscious teens or adults who prefer a sophisticated look.

Traditional Braces Adjustments vs Invisalign Maintenance

Visits for patients with metal braces are necessary every few weeks. Each time you visit your orthodontist, he or she will tighten the archwire to place more pressure on the teeth. There is a slight amount of discomfort associated with these adjustments.

Invisalign checkups only occur once every four to six weeks. You will switch out your aligners on your own every two weeks or so, based on Dr. Skinner’s instructions. As you switch out your aligners, the pressure changes on your teeth and your smile will continue to progress.

Eating with Braces vs Removing Invisalign

Wearing metal braces involves avoiding sticky, chewy, and hard foods that might damage the brackets. Your orthodontist may suggest you stay away from hard candy, ice cubes, whole apples, and other foods. Invisalign, however, is removable, so you can eat anything you choose without a problem.

Metal Brackets and Wires vs Smooth Plastic

Braces can be uncomfortable due to poking brackets and wires. Braces patients have to carry around wax to ensure their comfort and reduce the development of sores. Invisalign is made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the soft tissue of your mouth.

Whichever orthodontic treatment is right for you, we will customize your treatment to fulfill your unique needs and give you outstanding results. To learn more about your options at Hillsboro Dental Excellence, contact us today. We hope to give you an outstanding dental experience!