At Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry, braces and Invisalign can straighten your teeth and fill gaps. However, there are a few differences when choosing between the two treatments. Braces are a permanent orthodontic solution. While they’re not as discreet as aligners, they provide the most dramatic results. Invisalign can be removed before meals or whenever necessary, making them convenient to maintain.
Invisalign, also known as clear aligners, are removable orthodontic appliances designed to gradually shift teeth into the proper position. The virtually invisible design is perfect for adults looking to align their smiles without the look of metal brackets or wires.
These clear plastic trays are designed with a thermoplastic material that fits over your teeth. Each set of trays is worn for about two weeks before moving on to the next set in the series. Gradually, as the aligner is replaced every two weeks, the teeth will move closer to their final positions.
The Benefits of Invisalign
Since there are no metal parts or brackets, the aligners are much more comfortable than traditional braces. In addition, they are removable and can be taken out to eat and clean your teeth. This also helps straighten teeth faster than conventional braces because you aren’t tempted to eat sticky foods that can get stuck in your braces and make straightening take longer.
Not everyone is comfortable wearing the metal braces often associated with orthodontic treatments. The clear plastic aligners are virtually invisible, so no one needs to know that you are undergoing treatment unless you tell them. This is a massive advantage for teenagers who don’t want anyone to know they are getting orthodontic work.
Today’s metal brackets are much smaller, more comfortable, and less noticeable than in the past. During treatment, you will visit our office every four to six weeks. At these appointments, we assess your progress and adjust your appliance. Treatment time varies based on your specific needs and the complexity of your case. Most patients can achieve their ideal smile within 18 months with braces.
The Benefits of Braces
Braces are a versatile orthodontic option that can help correct a wide variety of smile concerns, including crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps between teeth, and misaligned bites. When compared to Invisalign aligners, braces offer several other benefits as well. For instance, while patients with Invisalign experience little to no discomfort during their treatments, metal braces come with some slight pain at the beginning of each appointment as they adjust to changes in pressure. However, this discomfort usually subsides within a matter of days, making braces an excellent option for patients who aren’t too sensitive to pain. Additionally, braces are a more cost-effective orthodontic treatment option than Invisalign.
Get in touch with Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 for the best dental care.