Which is Better - Invisalign or Braces?

If you are not content with your smile because your teeth are crooked, crowded, protruding, or you have an improper bite or spaces between your teeth, orthodontic treatment can help align your teeth and jaw. 

Braces and Invisalign have transformed the field of orthodontics. These two options are both similar and different, and both have their benefits. But deciding on a treatment option that is best for you can be pretty challenging. At Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, after a careful evaluation of your teeth’s misalignment, we can help determine the right option for you.

Here are a few factors that can help you decide between metal braces and Invisalign:

Invisalign and Metal Braces are Dissimilar, but Function the Same Way

Metal braces are fixed and made of wire brackets secured on the teeth to move them to the correct position. These traditional braces are fitted at the dental office and require constant adjustments. 

Invisible aligners are made of transparent and durable plastic. The clear braces are removable and custom-made to your dental fit. You are given a series of aligners to be worn at home to realign the teeth. Despite their differences in design, metal braces and Invisalign aligners apply the same pressure to straighten the teeth.

  • Duration of Treatment

Metal braces are fixed and worn all the time but could take an average of two years to show their results. Invisalign aligners should be worn for at least twenty-two hours every day, and the treatment can take anywhere between one year to eighteen months.

  • Dental Appointments

Traditional metal braces require frequent visits to an orthodontist, but that is not the case with Invisalign treatment. Fewer dental visits are needed for Invisalign.

  • Efficiency

Invisalign aligners apply pressure only on the upper portion of teeth. As a result, the chances of the teeth shifting back to their original position are higher. Metal braces move the entire tooth, including the roots, and are ideal for severe dental problems.

  • Diet Restrictions

The metal brackets can easily trap food particles, providing a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Therefore, it is essential to restrict your diet and avoid eating sticky and hard foods.

Invisalign aligners are removable and thus give you the freedom to eat your favorite foods.

  • Discomfort Level

The pressure applied to the teeth will cause discomfort as the teeth adjust to the new position. The pain will be similar in both the aligners and the traditional braces. 

  • Dental Hygiene 

Maintaining proper dental hygiene is essential irrespective of the orthodontic treatment you choose. Inadequate oral hygiene can affect the gums and teeth. Also, keep the Invisalign aligners moist to keep them bacteria-free.  

Traditional braces and Invisalign are different but essentially deliver the same results. Contact Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, at (650) 321-0340 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam to know more. 


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