Braces vs Invisalign: Which is Right For You?

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    About 70,000 teens get Invisalign each year. But does this popularity mean that it is right for you? For straightening your teeth, there are many options out there, but most people come down to one choice: braces vs. Invisalign. 

    With choosing how you will straighten your teeth, both traditional metal braces and the more modern Invisalign will give you the same results. You will have straighter teeth. 

    The main difference is how you get there. Keep reading for a comparison to help you decide which one is right for you. 

    Metal Braces 

    With braces, you will have metal brackets placed on each tooth and a wire that connects them all. To straighten your teeth, the wire will be tightened to apply pressure to the teeth and cause them to move. 

    You won’t be able to remove your metal brackets until you are finished straightening your teeth, and the dentist will have to remove them for you. 

    You could end up wearing your metal braces for anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. The benefit is that metal braces are efficient at taking care of major teeth issues. So you will see significant improvement right away. 

    There is a downside to having the metal brackets on all the time, though. Food will get stuck in them, and you will need to take extra care to ensure your teeth and the brackets stay clean

    You also won’t be able to eat certain foods. Stay away from anything too hard and crunchy or sticky. This means no more biting into carrots or apples and no more gum, popcorn, and chewy candy. 


    There are two significant benefits to choosing Invisalign. The first is that they are almost invisible. The second is that they are removable. 

    Most people find them more comfortable than traditional metal braces. The liners that you wear on your teeth are made of smooth plastic, so you have less lip, cheek, and gum irritation. 

    The downside is that it is harder to predict how long you will need to wear your liners. Most people wear them for 6 to 18 months.

    The time you wear them will depend on how consistent you are wearing your trays and your specific teeth issues. It is best to wear your liners for 20-22 hours a day. 

    You should only take them out for eating, drinking, and brushing your teeth. This way, there are no limits on the food you eat. You also can practice proper dental hygiene. 

    Braces vs. Invisalign, Which One Is For You? 

    If you are tired off having crooked teeth, then it is time to consider braces vs. Invisalign. You need to think about your lifestyle and the severity of your crooked teeth when making your decision. 

    Your dentist can also help you decide. The best thing to do is schedule an appointment with an experienced and knowledgeable dentist will guide you to the most effective choice. 

    Contact our office today and let us help you get the straight teeth of your dreams with Invisalign.