Should I Get Invisalign® or Braces? Comparing Orthodontic Procedures By Dr. David Wyse on July 14, 2023

Woman putting on her Invisalign aligner

Millions of people worldwide have gotten Invisalign® for crooked teeth. These clear aligners are extremely popular for a whole host of reasons. But sometimes traditional braces are a better option for some patients than others.

So which orthodontic treatment is right for you: braces or Invisalign?

The team at Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry would like to compare these two procedures so you have a better idea of why one may be better than the other for some patients. When you visit our Bloomington, IL, practice, we can let you know our recommendation for your needs.

When Invisalign Is a Better Option

Invisalign can help teens and adults who have misaligned teeth. Here are three key factors that determine if Invisalign is right for you.

Your Malocclusion Is Mild to Moderate

Invisalign is a good option for people who experience mild to moderate tooth misalignment. The clear plastic aligners will gradually shift the teeth into a more ideal position over the course of several months.

You’re Able to Wear Aligners for Up to 22 Hours a Day

Invisalign patients need to wear their aligner trays for up to 22 hours a day. Failure to wear your Invisalign aligners long enough could result in ineffective treatment. If you feel that could be a problem, then it’s a better idea to consider traditional braces.

You Do Not Grind Your Teeth at Night

If you experience teeth grinding (bruxism), this condition could damage your Invisalign trays at night. This could make your treatment less effective.

Some Key Advantages to Invisalign

  • Clear aligners are more discreet
  • You can enjoy your favorite foods during treatment
  • Aligners are easier to clean than traditional braces

When Braces Is a Better Option

Braces can also help teens and adults who have misaligned teeth. Here’s a few instances in which braces are the better option.

You Have Severe Tooth Misalignment

Braces are a good option for people who have extremely misaligned teeth. In these cases, Invisalign trays will not be an ideal or effective treatment given the severity of the patient’s malocclusion.

You Need a Fixed and Consistent Orthodontic Solution

Wearing Invisalign trays for 22 hours a day may not be a good option for all patients. Braces remain in place from the start of treatment to the end of treatment, and the force applied to your teeth is consistent.

You Grind Your Teeth at Night

Braces won’t get damaged by teeth grinding. In fact, treatment with braces could be just what you need to prevent teeth grinding from occurring in the future.

We Can Help You Make a Smart Choice

Still unsure if braces or Invisalign is right for you?

When you visit our Bloomington practice for a consultation, we can discuss your needs and let you know which option is right for you. This is also a great chance to ask additional questions about either procedure so you can make an informed decision.

Visit Our Dental Office in Bloomington

To set up an appointment to discuss Invisalign and braces, contact Wyse Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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