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If you are shy about flashing your smile because of the appearance of your teeth, you may be able to turn to orthodontia to straighten your teeth and correct bite problems. You can choose between traditional braces or a relatively young system called Invisalign.

There are differences between the two treatment options that you may want to consider. The main reason people gravitate towards Invisalign is that this system is virtually invisible, as it uses clear plastic material, so you will be more natural looking while undergoing the treatment. Braces require metal or ceramic brackets and wires which are visible. This may be important if you are self-conscious in general, or if you work in an environment where your image is a factor.

Following are some other differences between Invisalign and braces:

Invisalign—these aligner trays are removed for eating, so they can be lost and because they are more costly, you must be more careful. Also, because they can be removed, you will need to make sure you put them back in which requires good self-discipline. The aligners MUST be worn for 22 hours each day to work. You must brush after every meal so that you do not stain the trays. They are easy to clean, and you change the trays every two weeks. There may be discomfort from tooth movement. They work well for people with minor issues with bite, crooked teeth, or gapped teeth.

Braces—the brackets and wires are not removable so you must eat foods that will not damage them. While they are less expensive, they are highly visible while wearing. They require careful cleaning to keep the teeth free from food particles leading to dental decay. They may cause discomfort or sores from wires and brackets. But because they are non-removable they cannot be lost, and are safe to wear during contact sports. Braces are best suited for people who may be lax in keeping the Invisalign aligners on faithfully.

Please call our dental office if you are ready for a change in your smile and feel that Invisalign might be right for you. We will be happy to help you determine if you are a good candidate for the treatment! 203.729.0563.