Blog / Cosmetic Dentistry

Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign: Which Is Right for Me?

January 19, 2016

Woman with braces next to red flower smilingHave you been considering straightening your teeth? If so, you should know that there are a few options available for you, and we are here to help! Read on to learn the answers to the most common questions our patients have about teeth straightening. We will explain the differences between braces and Invisalign, fill you in on the pros and cons of each, and advise you on how to set up a consultation to learn which option is right for you.

What Options Do I Have for Straightening My Teeth?

Our patients have 2 options for teeth straightening: traditional braces or Invisalign. Traditional Braces or Metal braces are the most common treatment for crooked teeth. They consist of brackets that are glued to the teeth and are tied together by wires. Made of high-grade stainless steel, they are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive than they were in the past.

Invisalign, on the other hand, is a set of clear, removable aligners that are custom-fit to correct crooked teeth. Approximately every 2 weeks, patients receive a new set of aligners until their treatment is complete.

What Are the Pros and Cons of Each Option?

Both options have their advantages and disadvantages. Traditional braces are more effective at treating complex issues and require less self-discipline, as there is no temptation to leave them out for long periods of time. However, metal braces can cause occasional soreness and definitely make it more difficult to keep teeth clean. Traditional braces may also prevent you from eating hard or sticky foods, like caramel, candy, apples, and corn on the cob.

The primary advantage of Invisalign is that the aligners are virtually unnoticeable. However, they do need to be worn for 22 hours a day, which can be difficult for some people to manage or remember. They also need to be removed before eating or drinking anything other than water and require patients to brush after every meal or snack.

As you can see, both options offer pros and cons, so it really depends on your individual circumstances as to which teeth straightening option is best for you.

Who Is A Good Candidate for Each Option?

Except in rare cases of gum disease, virtually anyone can get traditional braces. The same is not true for Invisalign, however. Invisalign cannot be used to treat severe cases like large overbites, for example. Also, while Invisalign is great for older teens and adults, children and younger teens do not always make good candidates because their teeth are still growing.

The best way to find out which option is right for you is to set up a teeth straightening consultation. We will examine your mouth and make a recommendation based on the specifics of your case.

How Can I Set Up a Teeth Straightening Consultation?

Setting up your teeth straightening consultation with us is easy! Simply click here or call us at 330.434.3485. We are conveniently located off Route 8 on E. Exchange Street, near The University of Akron’s campus. We look forward to hearing from you!