When it comes to straightening and realigning teeth, braces have been a trusted choice for decades. However, standard metal braces have developed a bit of an unsightly reputation. Many patients, especially adults, are hesitant to commit themselves to such an obvious and sometimes challenging orthodontic treatment. This is, in part, why Invisalign® has become so popular. With its ability to align the teeth without the use of wires and brackets, it is an excellent choice for those who would rather their appearance remain unchanged during their treatment. However, is one better than the other? And are standard braces still preferred to Invisalign®? Allow us to explain.
Choose Standard Braces for Complex Concerns
The short answer when it comes to choosing braces is that different types of braces are helpful for different kinds of concerns. Standard metal braces are the most effective for complex orthodontic issues. This is due in part to the sturdiness and resilience of metal. Even under pressure, metal braces are challenging to break. If they do need repairs, they are fairly easy to do. These braces can also be carefully manipulated within the patient’s mouth to fine-tune any adjustments that need to be made on the spot.
Trust Invisalign® for Minor and Aesthetic Fixes
Invisalign®, on the other hand, is a top choice for individuals who do not want to look as though they are wearing braces, and who have less complex or perhaps primarily aesthetic concerns with their smiles. Each aligner tray slowly shifts the positioning of the teeth, without impacting speech, food choices or self-confidence.
Which One is Right for Me?
Although you may have an idea of which type of braces you would prefer, the best way to determine your candidacy for standard braces or Invisalign® is to schedule a complimentary consultation. When you meet with our team, we will discuss your orthodontic concerns and create a plan uniquely suited to help you reach your goals. Once you are well informed, you will be able to make the most educated decision regarding your braces.
At Savage, Sobol and Visser, we offer a wide range of braces to meet the diverse needs of our patients. If you have questions about your teeth and are ready to learn more, do not hesitate to contact us.