Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Woman holding Invisalign and dentures

When you have teeth that are improperly aligned, it can create a whole collection of problems for you. These can include added risks of cavities, an improper bite, irregular wear and tear on your teeth, just to name a few. The traditional solution for these conditions has been metal braces, but that’s no longer the only option available to dental patients. Today’s most popular orthodontic alternative to traditional metal braces is Invisalign, a clear and nearly invisible way to adjust your teeth without losing the ability to eat what you want. If you want to know whether traditional braces or Invisalign are right for you, keep reading.

The Benefits Of Traditional Braces

Alternatives to traditional braces may exist, but they’re far from a panacea for all misalignment concerns. Traditional braces are the perfect solution for those who have teeth that are badly out of alignment. Invisalign trays have difficulty gripping teeth that are cylindrical or rounded, such as the bicuspids. This makes it difficult to impossible for them to adjust these teeth and move them into place. Traditional braces overcome this problem by affixing directly to the tooth, giving it purchase to apply pressure as needed to move them into place. As an added benefit, you never need to forget about putting them in. Traditional braces are secured in place for the duration of the adjustment.

The Drawbacks

Traditional braces have a number of drawbacks that make patients prefer Invisalign. The biggest of these is the aesthetic factor, as its nearly impossible to hide braces. Even those that are designed to be less obvious are still reasonably easy to spot. They limit the foods you’re allowed to eat, and cleaning all the wires and fixtures can be difficult.

The Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign are nearly impossible to spot by the casual observer. Their transparent design means most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. You also get some freedom from this treatment method. Those with Invisalign are able to remove them for up to two hours a day so they can eat what they desire and can easily clean the trays. They’re also incredibly easy to clean! You just take them out, wash them off, brush them and then your teeth, and pop them back in. It couldn’t be easier.

The Drawbacks

The biggest drawback to Invisalign is also its biggest benefit, the ability to remove them. Removing the Invisalign tray may make it possible for you to eat what you want and clean them easily, but it also puts you at risk for not putting them back. Every day you forget to wear your Invisalign is a day lost on the road to the perfect teeth you crave. Unlike traditional dentures, it’s also possible to lose them, a rather expensive prospect.

If you have more questions about traditional braces vs. Invisalign trays, contact Dr. April J Toyer today. You can call Lifetime Dental Care in Woodbridge, VA, to schedule an appointment and ask questions about your options. During your appointment, Dr. Toyer will go over your dental and medical history and advise you on what corrective treatments are available for your oral health concerns.

April Toyer, DDS, FAAPD
April Toyer, DDS, FAAPD

The team at Lifetime Dental Care brings a full range of services to patients in and around the Woodbridge, VA area. These four doctors bring a range of experience, diverse backgrounds, and professional knowledge together to provide families with a safe and friendly home for their oral health needs.


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