Invisalign vs. Braces

Invisalign vs. Braces
Posted on 06/22/2017

At Starnes Orthodontics, we have a range of treatment options in order to best fit the different orthodontic situations we see in our patients. Two of our most popular treatments are braces and Invisalign and in certain patients may have the choice between the two.

As your top local orthodontist in Newport Beach, we like to educate our patients about the treatment options available to them. Here, we compare braces and Invisalign so you can make an informed choice about how we go about improving your smile!

Going with Braces

Metal braces are the most familiar form of orthodontic treatment. Braces are a proven method to straighten teeth. Choosing braces has these advantages:

  • When addressing more complex orthodontic problems, braces are the most effective.
  • Metal braces are generally less expensive than other forms treatments.
  • Braces brackets are cemented to your teeth so you won’t have to worry about losing them or forgetting to wear them enough.
  • There are many different types of braces, including ceramic braces which are a good option for those who are interested in the effectiveness of braces, but want a more discreet orthodontic treatment.

Going with Invisalign

Invisalign uses a set of plastic aligners that fit over your teeth in order to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign offers the following benefits:

  • The clear aligners are virtually invisible, allowing for an unnoticeable orthodontic treatment.
  • The aligners are removable, so cleaning your teeth remains a simple process.
  • You won’t have to modify your diet to prevent breaking your orthodontic appliance; just take out your aligners and continue to eat what you like.
  • Invisalign aligners are made out of polyurethane plastic which can provide your mouth with much more comfort than metal wires and brackets.
  • The aligners can double as a night guard and protect your teeth from any teeth grinding.

Which is the Better Option?

There really is no set answer to the braces or Invisalign debate. Each form of orthodontic treatment has its own set of advantages that may be more beneficial to one person over another, depending on the person’s orthodontic issues. After your consultation with Dr. Starnes, we’ll create an individualized treatment plan to meet your unique orthodontic needs.

Contact Your Newport Beach Orthodontic Specialists

If you have any further questions about braces or Invisalign, please feel free to contact us. If you’re interested in knowing which form of orthodontic treatment we recommend for you, schedule your consultation. We’re looking forward to treating you to a better smile!