Should I Choose Braces or Invisalign?

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After you’ve decided to get orthodontic treatment, you have one more big decision in front of you: braces or Invisalign. Both options are proven ways to straighten teeth, so which is right for you? In this blog post, we go over the basic pros and cons of each so you have the information you need to make the right decision for your smile.

Pros & Cons of Braces

Braces have been around for quite some time, and they’re probably many people’s first thought when it comes to orthodontics. One of the biggest advantages of braces is that they can be used to correct severe cases of misalignment, meaning that even those people who have the most serious cases of crooked and gapped teeth can benefit from the treatment.

One of the main drawbacks of braces, however, is something you’ve probably already thought of: their appearance. While thankfully we haven’t heard the phrase “metal mouth” in a very long time, braces are more noticeable than some other orthodontic options due to their system of brackets and wires. This metal hardware also brings along another con; braces can make it harder to clean your teeth since you have to navigate around the appliance.

Pros & Cons of Invisalign

With Invisalign, the situation is almost the opposite compared to braces. The major pro of this treatment is that it’s basically “invisible.” As suggested by its name, Invisalign uses barely visible aligner trays to straighten teeth, so even when you’re in the middle of your orthodontic treatment, people may not know. These trays are form-fitted to your teeth and are made of clear plastic for a very subtle look.

When it comes to disadvantages, there are two worth mentioning: Invisalign can sometimes be more expensive than getting traditional braces—although many people find the benefits outway the cost. Another con is that if you’re in need of major orthodontic correction, you may be better off with going with braces treatment.

Visit Us at Edgewater Dental Arts

Want to talk to a dental professional in person about which treatment is better for your situation? Come to Edgewater Dental Arts! We’d be happy to see you for an orthodontic consultation and give you our professional recommendation.

Dr. John Cutting

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.