Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Your teeth are an important part of your mouth. They allow for proper talking, chewing, and are responsible for the appearance of your smile. You may feel uncomfortable smiling and/or talking if your teeth are crooked. Misaligned teeth can lead to low self-esteem, which is why it is important to find the best solution for this problem.


A dental professional can straighten your teeth in several ways. Two of the most popular ways are traditional braces and Invisalign®. Both of these treatments have their pros and cons. Choosing the right treatment, therefore, can be a bit tricky. No matter which teeth-straightening treatment you choose, the most important thing you need to do is to choose the right orthodontist.


An experienced dental professional will carefully handle your treatment to ensure a long-lasting and beautiful smile. Both Invisalign and traditional braces are beneficial when it comes to straightening teeth. However, your dentist is in a better position to choose the right treatment based on the nature of your problem.


Things to Consider When Making a Decision Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces


Every patient is different; therefore, it will all come down to your preferences, lifestyle, and orthodontic needs. Important things to consider include:




If you do not want a treatment that will draw attention to the fact that you are having your teeth straightened, then your best option is Invisalign. This treatment uses aligners made of clear plastic material that is almost invisible. Few people will be able to tell you are wearing them. However, there are other teeth-straightening options that are neither clear aligners nor traditional metal braces.

For example, there are clear braces made of ceramic, tooth-colored material designed to blend with your teeth. Another popular option for adults is lingual braces. With this option, the dentist will glue the brackets onto the back of your teeth rather than the front.


Treatment Time


Invisalign treatment has been making huge advancements in recent years. Today, the treatment time for this option is almost the same as that of traditional braces. However, if you choose Invisalign, you will need to wear your aligners for the recommended hours each day. If you keep removing them or leaving them out, it will extend your treatment time.


This treatment can also save you time. For instance, you will not have to spend a lot of time in your dentist’s office. With traditional braces, you will need to visit your dentist’s office every few weeks to have your braces tightened. With aligners, however, you simply need to switch to the next set, and you can do it at home. That said, you will still need to visit your dentist every six weeks for him or her to check on your progress. Fortunately, these appointments are painless and quick.




Both of these treatments are quite effective at straightening teeth and correcting bites. However, according to most people, Invisalign looks much better than traditional braces. Even if you choose braces with pretty colors, you will still have a piece of metal in your mouth, which is why most patients go for Invisalign.


To learn more about Invisalign and Traditional Braces, contact Perkins Dental Care in Baton Rouge, Louisiana at (225) 398-3282 to schedule an appointment.

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