Braces and Invisalign are dental treatments that straighten your teeth to give you a beautiful and aligned smile. Both treatments have a high success rate and can correct all kinds of conditions like overcrowding, teeth gaps, overbite, underbite, crossbite, and many more.
At Alencar Family Dentistry in Chesapeake, Virginia, we are often asked which option is better: Invisalign or braces? The answer is it is your choice and it can depend on many factors, including:
Invisalign uses clear, transparent aligners to straighten your teeth. Unlike braces, which consist of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign is exceptionally discreet and can help ease your social anxiety. While Invisalign is inconspicuous and metal braces are more bulky and apparent, both are still popular choices among patients depending on their specific conditions.
Invisalign aligners are made from plastic rather than metal. As a result, they are more comfortable to wear and do not have sharp or hard surfaces that may cause pain or discomfort. Traditional braces can cause abrasions and minor cuts while the patient gets used to wearing the appliances.
Invisalign is manufactured using the most advanced modern technologies. The aligners are custom-fabricated to suit your dental profile based on 3D scans of your teeth. Invisalign technology will show you exactly how your teeth will look once the dental treatment is completed. This generally reassures patients to accept Invisalign treatment as the outcome is more easily predicted than in the case of metal braces.
Invisalign aligners can be easily removed when eating, cleaning your teeth, or playing sports. However, metal braces cannot be taken off during these activities. Cleaning the teeth with braces on is more challenging and special care must be taken not to incur injuries to the face or mouth when playing sports.
You will have to visit the dental office more frequently when undergoing treatment with metal braces. This is because braces need to be adjusted from time to time. These visits will also allow the dentist to clean your braces, make the necessary alterations to reduce your discomfort, and ensure the teeth alignment process is proceeding as per the treatment plan. Invisalign treatments require less frequent dental visits and less monitoring as compared to metal braces.
Our goal is to help straighten your teeth so that you can achieve that perfect smile! Visit Alencar Family Dentistry at 711 Greenbrier Pkwy Suite 101, Chesapeake, VA 23320, or call (757) 546-0301 to schedule an appointment today.