When new patients who are interested in straightening their teeth and improving their smile first come into Castilla Orthodontics, one of the first questions we ask them is: “Are you interested in braces or Invisalign?” Much of the time, patients are not sure because they are not aware of the differences between the two. Our team here at Castilla Orthodontics has put together this tip sheet, so you can be fully informed on which orthodontic device is the right fit for you!
Most people already know that braces consist of little metal or ceramic brackets that are glued to your teeth. When a wire is connected to your braces, that wire puts a small amount of force on your teeth which over time, moves them into better alignment. What some people might not know is that Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to apply a small amount of force to your teeth, and move your teeth, over time, into better alignment. Teeth respond to low-level forces by moving, and both of these orthodontic options are able to effectively provide that force. Either way you go, both braces and Invisalign will work for patients of all ages – children, teens, and adults. But that is where the similarity ends. So the question of braces or Invisalign all depends on the kind of experience you, as the patient, want for your orthodontic treatment The information below will go a long way to help you make the right decision for you or your child. Your first consultation with us at Castilla Orthodontics will allow you to explore your options further.
Some of the main differences between braces and Invisalign come from that fact that Invisalign is removable and braces are not. Invisalign aligners can be removed for eating – which means you can eat anything you want without worrying about breaking your braces. It also means no braces to clean around, and makes cleaning your teeth a whole lot easier when brushing and flossing. You do have to wear your aligners all the time, which takes some getting used to, but patients are surprised how easy it is once you are in the habit.
If you’re a heavy snacker, or do not want to put in and take out your aligners multiple times a day, then braces may be the right option for you. Once your braces are placed on your teeth, they are on until your treatment is finished.
Invisalign clear aligners are barely noticeable, which means you can straighten your teeth without metal braces showing up in your pictures. Braces are of course, visible, but you can customize your braces with fun color ties at each adjustment appointment to fit your mood or the season. Braces these days are often a fashion statement, and if that is the look you want, then go with braces. But if you or your child does not want the braces look, the choice is clear, choose Invisalign.
Many patients find Invisalign much more comfortable than braces. You do not have to worry about pokey braces and wires bothering your cheeks and lips when you go with Invisalign. However, it does take a few days to get used to the edges of the Invisalign aligners.
Treatment with Invisalign can be more convenient than treatment with braces for two main reasons: fewer adjustments and fewer emergencies. All the tooth movement is planned on a computer and then programmed into aligners that are changed weekly. With Invisalign, your adjustments are accomplished by changing your aligners at home. This allows you to schedule adjustments with Dr. Castilla much less frequently – usually about once a quarter. This saves you a lot of time in your already busy schedule! Patients in braces typically come in every 6-8 weeks for adjustments.
Length of Treatment
You or your child’s time in braces or Invisalign will be much shorter now than it would have been years ago, because orthodontic treatment is much more efficient than it used to be. Either way, treatment with Invisalign or Braces takes about the same amount of time since length of treatment depends on the individual case and not the appliance used. Therefore, you can feel confident that you can choose your orthodontic appliance primarily on personal preference.
Both Invisalign and braces can help you get the fantastic smile you are looking for, but which one is right for you? There are patients who come to our office who just want braces – their friends have braces, they want the fun colors, they want to have the braces experience. For these patients, braces are the right option, because it is the option they want. There are other patients who know that they will not be good about wearing aligners, but they want to straighten their teeth. For these patients, braces are probably the best option since aligners will not work if you do not wear them — although they might find that wearing aligners is easier than they think! For those who want their braces to show as little as possible or who have very busy schedules, Invisalign may be best choice.
Whichever treatment option you choose is not just about improving your smile but improving your overall oral health. This decision should not be taken lightly, which is why it is best to find an orthodontist like Dr. Castilla who is experienced with both braces and Invisalign. She can recommend which method will best perfect your smile and teeth. Our team at Castilla Orthodontics has years of experience working with both braces and Invisalign, and we will make sure you are an active partner in any treatment plan we design.
If you are in the Salem area and are interested in learning more, stop by our office or call us today! We can help you achieve the smile of your dreams and give you an orthodontic experience that you will truly enjoy. Our orthodontic professionals here at Castilla Orthodontics promise friendly, comfortable, and expert care!