Invisalign vs. Braces

Choosing between braces and Invisalign might seem difficult, but at 7Dental we’re here to make this process easy by providing you with all the information and advice necessary to make this assessment. 

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign clear plastic aligners are almost imperceptible, so you never have to be self-conscious about the appearance of metal on your teeth, or the metal brackets breaking. Invisalign aligners are also removable for eating and drinking, and can be cleaned easily. Orthodontic patients have also noted that Invisalign aligners are comfortable and don’t impact speech, which cannot always be said for braces.

With Invisalign, however, you must be diligent about wearing your aligners; it is recommended that you leave your aligners on for 22 hours each day in order to achieve maximum effectiveness. Your dentist will be able to see from your teeth if you haven’t been wearing your aligners properly! In this sense, you are partially responsible for the outcome of your treatment. 

Braces, on the other hand, are an effective solution for severe misalignment. The effectiveness of one treatment method over another varies on a case-by-case basis. Your doctor will carefully assess your x-rays, your bite and placement of your teeth to determine whether braces or Invisalign is right for you. Invisalign is a fantastic option for those with crooked teeth, overlapping teeth and gaps, but for more advanced misalignment issues (including severe crowding, overbites, underbites, etc.) Invisalign may not be the right option. 

Your 7Dental providers are happy to discuss all options with you, and will develop unique treatment plans tailored to your needs. We are here to help you find confidence in your smile; please do not hesitate to ask your dentist any orthodontic questions at your next appointment!