The most obvious difference between traditional braces and Invisalign® is that braces are permanently fixed to your teeth and the clear aligners used in Invisalign are removable. There are some other differences you'll want to consider before deciding which is the best option for straightening your teeth or those of a family member.
Braces are much more comfortable than they used to be. They still use fixed brackets and wires to move your teeth into the desired location, but the brackets are much less bulky now. You can also choose between metal brackets or ceramic, tooth-colored brackets, which are less noticeable. Even severely crooked teeth can be straightened with traditional braces. They are generally less expensive than clear aligners too. Traditional braces are often preferred for teens because they can't forget to wear them, and they can't lose them! Plus, they can be personalized with colors.
Clear aligner therapy is the latest in teeth straightening technology. We have equipment that will scan your smile and produce the aligners. They are custom created to fit your mouth. Every few weeks you'll receive a new set of aligners that need to be worn at least 22 hours a day to slowly move your teeth into place. They are more comfortable than fixed braces. One of the main differences, and advantages, of clear aligners is their removability. It's easier to brush and floss and keep your mouth clean. Also, since you can remove them to eat, there are fewer lifestyle changes required to protect them. They are much more discreet than braces which makes them popular with adults. Clear aligners can correct most misalignments.
Boost your confidence and make it easier to keep your teeth and gums healthy with straight teeth. Here at Cinco Ranch Smiles & Braces in Katy, Texas, you can choose between braces and Invisalign because we offer both options. There are lots of choices for straightening your teeth and our professional team will help you decide which solution is best by reviewing your particular situation. Whichever one you choose, don't forget to keep up with regular preventative care visits in our office and good oral hygiene habits at home. Get started on your straight smile by contacting our office today.