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Invisalign and braces are your two main options when it comes to improving your smile, and it’s difficult to know what’s better: braces or Invisalign? This article will break down each and help you decide which option is ideal for you.

No two mouths are the same, and here at Loop Dental, we will tailor a plan specifically for you.

Invisalign

You’ve likely seen the commercials or know of someone who has had Invisalign. These nearly invisible aligners are increasing in popularity, and rightfully so. Their comfort and removable quality attract many people who wish to stay away from the obstructive and care-intensive option of braces.
With the help of 3D computer imaging, the clear aligners are created and fitted perfectly. As your teeth straighten, new aligners are used to propel you on your path to straighter teeth. Invisalign allows you to remove the aligners to eat and drink without worry. Your oral hygiene routine is not altered either with normal brushing and flossing allowed. As an added bonus, the treatment plan crafted by your dentist at Loop Dental shows renderings of your progression and what your teeth will look like upon completion.
Your treatment with Invisalign is broken down into two-week periods where the only time aligners are removed is to eat, drink, brush and floss. As each new aligner is used, your teeth are moved until they reach their final position. Part of the process requires monthly visits to the dentist to check the progression and address any issues. Average total treatment times vary from 12 to 18 months with 20+ aligners worn.

Braces

A common option for achieving straighter teeth is orthodontics. Braces vary in composition and visibility with options like clear/ceramic or metal.  Woman with braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common and have increased in comfort. These stainless-steel braces use archwires held in with elastics to move the teeth. For a more comfortable and convenient option, self-ligating braces are available. They are the same size and can be made of metal or ceramic, but the archwires are held with special clips rather than elastics. This means that fewer adjustments are necessary and the amount of pressure on your teeth is decreased.
When it comes to deciding what wins the clear braces vs. metal braces argument, it depends on the patient. Typically, older teenagers and adults opt for the clear braces because of cosmetic reasons. They are less noticeable than metal braces but require more care and are more fragile.
As with other teeth straightening options, the length of treatment with braces varies greatly from person to person and depends on the severity of their overall mouth structure.

Ceramic braces vs. Invisalign

If you are looking for a subtle and convenient option to move your teeth into position, opt for Invisalign. A consultation with Loop Dental will determine if Invisalign is right for you. Contact the office today to begin your progress towards that infectious smile you desire.