The Differences Between Braces & Invisalign

red haired blue eyed girl holds her chin in her hands and smiles to show off her braces

In our modern world, we have more choices than ever. Just walk into any grocery store and you’ll be confronted by a seemingly endless number of variations of the same product. Things have changed in the dental industry as well as new advancements give rise to more treatment possibilities. When it comes to orthodontics, this is no exception. If you decide to straighten your teeth, you’ll have to decide whether you want to get braces or Invisalign. So what’s the difference and how do you decide? Here’s the scoop on the two main differences:

The Appearance

One of the most notable differences between braces and Invisalign is also the most noticeable. Traditional braces have a much more prominent look due to their use of brackets and wires. Some practices now offer the option of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to disguise the appearance of braces, but the fact remains that there is an appliance fashioned to the outside of your teeth.

Invisalign, on the other hand, is chosen by many patients specifically because it has a very subtle look. Instead of metal hardware, this treatment uses fitted plastic aligners made from clear plastic material. This means that they blend into your teeth much more seamlessly.

The Convenience

Like briefly mentioned previously, braces are fixed onto the outside of your teeth, which means there’s no taking them off once they’re on. Invisalign aligners, however, can be popped on and off. Because of this, you can continue to brush and floss your teeth like normal when undergoing Invisalign treatment. You can also eat without any food restrictions since there’s no concern of food getting stuck and messing up the orthodontic hardware.

On the flip side, this also means that brace’s patients don’t have to remember when to put their orthodontics back on. Invisalign patients must be diligent about keeping their aligners on for the right amount of time—and also not misplacing them when they take them off!

Come In & Consult with Us!

If you still have some questions about how these two orthodontic treatments differ, we invite you to come into North Richland Hills Dentistry for a consultation. Our team will be happy to help you figure out what’s best for your smile! To schedule a consultation, contact us today!