Straightening Teeth Options: Braces or Invisalign?
Written byDr. Asha K. Karan
How do braces compare to Invisalign?
|How does it work?||Invisalign is a series of clear removable aligners that progressively straighten your teeth||Fixed braces use brackets and archwires to gradually straighten your teeth.|
|Nearly invisible.||Yes||Most fixed braces are noticeable. Ceramic braces can be discrete|
|Are they removable during treatment?||Yes
It is crucial to wear the removable aligners according to instructions. This is key to the success of treatment.
|The braces are fixed to your teeth. You cannot remove it.|
|Would it irritate my cheeks or lips?||No||The archwires and brackets may cause irritation.|
|Allows you to brush and floss normally during treatment.||Yes||Fixed metal braces make it difficult to floss.|
|Can I see what my teeth will look like after treatment?||Yes
A computer simulation of your treatment will be shown to you
|Although your dentist has a clear treatment plan, you will not be able to see what your teeth may look like during and after treatment.|
|Do rubber-bands or other accessories need to be used?||Yes, depending on treatment requirements||Yes, depending on treatment requirements|
|Are visits to the dentist still needed during treatment?||Yes
Visits may be a little less frequent but still necessary to monitor treatment
Regular visits are needed to adjust the braces and monitor treatment.
|Can it be used for all kinds of problems?||Not all problems can be treated efficiently with Invisalign.
Consult our dentist to find out if you are suitable for Invisalign.
|Fixed braces can treat a large range of problems efficiently.|