To improve the appearance and position of teeth, while promoting their proper function, orthodontic specialists utilize a number of tools and techniques that are customized for each individual. Among the many advancements in the arena of orthodontics is Invisalign, a distinct method of straightening teeth using computer-generated clear aligner trays. With treatment that is virtually invisible, it’s easy to see why Invisalign is appealing to patients of all ages. Yet, traditional metal braces remain a tried and true orthodontic treatment and are beneficial for even the most complex cases. Thus, which is better, Invisalign or braces? Ultimately, orthodontic treatment hinges on a patient’s specific needs and which method will effectively meet those needs.
Generally speaking, Invisalign is a suitable and efficient orthodontic treatment for tooth movements that are not very complicated. Treatable cases may include those with crowded or gapped teeth, as well as those with mild to moderate overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite. From an aesthetic perspective, Invisalign allows for discrete teeth straightening and very little interference with one’s lifestyle, which is exciting for teens and adults that do not want others to know that they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. What’s more is that the clear aligners are removable, making eating, speaking and cleaning teeth easier.
On the other hand, traditional braces are incredibly functional and highly effective for correcting complex orthodontic cases. Though they cannot be removed like Invisalign trays, they are expected to work faster in correcting gaps and aligning teeth. Additionally, braces are now comprised of clear and ceramic materials, providing more options for patients.
In either case, orthodontic treatments using Invisalign or traditional braces do more than straighten teeth. By correcting bite issues and improving the overall function of teeth, they remain an investment in a patient’s oral health for years to come.
Which Orthodontic Treatment Makes More Sense For You?
If you reside in the West Cobb or Marietta area, and you are looking for an orthodontic specialist that you can trust, the office of William R. Kincer, D.M.D., P.C., welcomes your call today. Dr. Kincer, along with our compassionate team, will help you decide which orthodontic treatment makes sense for you.