Smiling girl holding model with braces and a clear aligner.

Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?

August 20, 2022 4:37 pm
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Dental Salon offers two types of orthodontic treatment: ceramic braces and Invisalign® clear aligner therapy. Our patients are often curious what the difference between the two treatments are, and which option is best for them. Here are some of the pros and cons of ceramic braces and Invisalign to help you make an informed decision. We invite you to visit our Cedar Park, TX office for more information.

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Just like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. Ceramic braces can fix alignment problems which range from moderate to severe. Just like regular braces, ceramic braces are great for all ages. The difference is that ceramic braces have clear brackets instead of metal. This subtle look is also appealing to adult patients who are looking for a more discreet orthodontic option. Patients should maintain ceramic braces just as they would metal braces. It’s important to pay special attention to brushing and flossing and avoid sticky, hard, or fibrous foods which can damage the brackets.

What Is Invisalign® Clear Aligner Therapy?

Invisalign® clear aligner therapy uses discreet clear trays that slip over the teeth. Clear aligners can correct mild to moderate alignment, overcrowding and bite issues. Aligners should be worn every single day throughout the day and night. They can be removed when brushing teeth and eating meals. Every two weeks, the patient receives a new set of aligners. Each new set gradually shifts the teeth into their desired positions. Candidates for Invisalign need to remember to wear, maintain, and switch out their aligners. Treatment is delayed if the aligners are lost or broken. Because of this, we believe Invisalign is best for older teens and adult patients.

Affordable Orthodontic Treatment in Cedar Park, TX

Invisalign is great at addressing gaps, crooked teeth, bite issues, and mild to moderate rotation issues but braces are better for more advanced orthodontic issues. In order to determine which orthodontic treatment option is best for you, please contact our office for a consultation. We’ll carefully evaluate your smile, review your goals and budget, and come up with a treatment plan that works perfectly for you. We look forward to working with you!

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