Individuals who are looking to straighten their teeth may consider all of their available options. For serious adjustments, braces and Invisalign® are the most common choices. Though they both have their pros and cons, there are certain benefits to choosing Invisalign®.
The main goal of both treatment options is to straighten individual’s teeth. Though they go about it in different manners, both treatments have been proven to be very effective in achieving desired results. By straightening teeth, these dental methods simultaneously help to enhance individuals’ smiles and general oral health.
One of the biggest differences is the manner in which the two apparatuses function. Braces are made of metal brackets that are glued to the teeth and are held together by metal wire and rubber bands. On the other hand, Invisalign® is made of plastic aligners that fit over the teeth. The different designs of the apparatuses contribute to many of the other differences between the two. Braces are highly visible, though there are some options to help them blend in with the tooth and be more discrete. They must be worn for an average of two years and make it difficult to eat certain foods. Invisalign® is meant to be invisible, is removable and can fully align teeth in six to eighteen months.
With individuals having the ability to remove this particular apparatus, it provides several benefits. Should an individual desire to enjoy hard candy, gum, or any food that tends to get stuck in braces, it is not an issue with Invisalign®. Individuals need only remove the aligner to enjoy their favorite delicacies. This can also be helpful for those who play sports. With the shorter time frame and increased flexibility, many individuals find these aligners to be a great choice for straightening their teeth.
Dr. Tana Busch and the rest of our friendly and knowledgeable team would love to serve as your dentist in Austin, TX. Contact us today to learn more about our options and to discover the best choice for you.