The Advantages Over Braces
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, the choice between traditional braces and Invisalign is quite obvious: Invisalign. Invisalign has a large amount of advantages over traditional braces. They are similar in price as well as effectiveness, so why not go with the better option? Dr. Kelly Tabacchi at studioSMILE Orthodontics in Overland Park, KS believes every patient can benefit from Invisalign because she has treated every type of orthodontic case imaginable.
When it comes to effectiveness, both Invisalign and traditional braces can correct the same problems. These include crossbites, overbites, underbites, openbites, crooked alignment, as well as gaps. Invisalign generally takes less time to complete though, giving it another advantage of metal braces.
Both braces and Invisalign have been proven to be effective at straightening teeth.
With Invisalign, you will not have any food restrictions because your aligners will be removed for eating. With braces, you will need to avoid any sticky candy, corn on the cob, carrots, popcorn, nuts, hard and crunchy foods, chips and more.
Remove Whenever You Want
Invisalign is removable whenever you need it, whether for eating, brushing your teeth, or enjoying a piece of gum, you have the option to remove your aligners. Braces are cemented to your teeth permanently until your orthodontist removes them professionally.
Your entire Invisalign treatment will be completed using clear aligners which are practically invisible to the naked eye. This is great for adults who feel they are too old to have the metal braces look and for anyone who is constantly smiling but does not want to feel self-conscious about the appearance of traditional braces.
Maintain Optimal Oral Health
Your Invisalign aligners are removable, which means you will get the most out of your brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings. Unfortunately, with braces, it can become tedious to brush and floss effectively due to the brackets and wires in the way.
Invisalign is a comfortable plastic aligner that fits your mouth perfectly, unlike sharp metal that can cut your tongue, lips, cheeks, or gums.
Fewer Office Visits During Treatment
As much as we would love to see you often, with Invisalign, you will only need to come visit us every 8-12 weeks. This is great news for patients with busy schedules!
Disadvantages of Braces
On top of the disadvantages listed above, patients can expect to experience pain with their braces from tightening, mouth sores and cuts from the wires. There is also the chance of plaque buildup, discoloration of teeth, difficulty eating, and the possibility of brackets and wires breaking.
Why Not Get Veneers Instead?
Although veneers are great for enhancing the appearance of your teeth, they do not correct dental problems that can only be solved with the help of orthodontic treatment. Veneers simply cover the problems instead of correcting them. Veneers can be expensive and will require part of your enamel to be shaved off of your teeth. They are also not permanent solutions and will require you to replace them every 5 to 10 years, costing you more than orthodontic treatment alone. If your orthodontic issues are causing other dental problems other than appearance issues like gum disease, or TMJ, veneers will not help this. It costs less and benefits your dental health more in the long run if you choose an orthodontic treatment over veneers. Dr. Kelly has treated many patients that know they will have post-restorative procedures such as veneers after their Invisalign Orthodontic treatment is completed. This means all of the dental benefits will be achieved through the orthodontics and for example, in the case where someone has a tooth or teeth that had aesthetic issues beyond straightening, a veneer becomes a great option to finish their smile.
Have You Decided On Invisalign® or Invisalign Teen?
If Invisalign or Invisalign Teen seems like the choice for you after reading the pros and cons against braces and veneers, give studioSMILE in Overland Park, KS a call at (913) 953-6767 to schedule your complimentary consultation. Visit our contact us page to fill out our online contact form.