Braces or Invisalign? Which Is Right for You
Your orthodontist has just informed you that you need orthodontic treatment to enhance the look of your smile and straighten your teeth. Now, you are faced with the decision of which type of treatment you want, traditional braces or Invisalign. At Brooklyn Orthodontics, we know that this is an overwhelming decision, which is why we are laying out the basics to help you decide.
Braces and Invisalign are both designed to improve your smile and straighten your teeth over a period of time. Invisalign is newer and has become extremely popular in the past 20 years. It has become so popular because the aligner trays are almost invisible. Traditional metal braces have an established history of treatment but are extremely visible on the patient’s tooth.
One advantage of metal braces is that they are better for fixing complex tooth issues and can do so faster than Invisalign. One downfall of metal braces when compared to Invisalign, is that metal braces are not removable. Once the brackets have been attached to your tooth, they are on for the duration of your treatment. Along with their permanency, they have a few eating restrictions to ensure that the brackets do not come off of the tooth.
One reason that so many individuals choose Invisalign over metal braces in Brooklyn, NY, is that they are easily removable for eating. While they are removable, the guidelines state that they should be worn for at least 20 hours a day. Invisalign aligners also tend to be more comfortable than regular braces since they are made out of a smooth plastic. Invisalign is an effective method for moving teeth in cases that are not too difficult.
When comparing braces to Invisalign, it’s a difficult choice. Our team at Brooklyn Orthodontics have years of experience with both metal braces and Invisalign and will assist you with the decision. Visit one of our locations in Staten Island or Brooklyn, NY.