Invisalign vs. Braces
At Corbridge Orthodontics, we're proud to help patients throughout Little Elm, Prosper, and the surrounding areas achieve healthy, beautiful smiles through orthodontic treatment. But whether you're getting braces for the first time as a teenager or pursuing a new smile through adult orthodontic treatment, you'll have a big decision to make when you start orthodontics: braces or Invisalign? As your Prosper orthodontist, we're here to help you through every phase of the treatment process, so we wanted to shed a little light on the differences between braces and Invisalign.
Should I Get Braces or Invisalign?
First things first: fundamentally, braces and Invisalign both do the same thing. By applying finely-calibrated forces to the teeth, they gently shift the position of teeth over time, eventually resulting in a brand new, healthier smile. However, the two treatments use very different methods to achieve this tooth movement.
Braces use a system of brackets and wires to move the teeth. A small metal bracket is mounted to the front of each tooth, then a thin, springy archwire is run through the brackets and secured with elastic ties. The archwire places pressure on the teeth – via the brackets – eventually influencing them to move into straighter alignment.
Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable plastic trays – called aligners – to move the teeth. The aligners fit directly over the teeth and are custom-shaped to gradually move the teeth into straighter alignment. Each pair of aligners is worn 22 hours a day for 2 weeks before moving to the next in the sequence, and by the final pair of aligners, the teeth have shifted to form a new smile.
Both braces and Invisalign offer a viable treatment option for most patients, and your choice ultimately depends on your own personal needs and preferences. Invisalign is almost impossible to see when worn, which means almost no one will notice you're straightening your teeth: you won't have to worry about having visible orthodontics in pictures, during professional events, or at social gatherings. Invisalign is also removable, so there are no dietary restrictions and you can still brush and floss your teeth as normal.
Braces may not have the same conveniences as Invisalign, but they're still a highly effective option for many patients. Braces are the most cost-effective option on the market, and we can use them to treat virtually any orthodontic condition.
Schedule a Consultation with Your Little Elm Orthodontist
Ultimately, the best way to find out if braces or Invisalign is right for you is to schedule a consultation with one of our Prosper orthodontists. We'll help you understand your orthodontic condition, evaluate the best treatment option for your needs and lifestyle, and start down the path to a gorgeous, healthy new smile. So what are you waiting for? Achieving a new smile has never been easier – take the first step and request a consultation online today!