Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign: Which One Should You Choose?

Traditional Braces Vs. Invisalign: Which One Should You Choose?

Posted by DR. MOHSENA AHMAD on Jul 23 2021, 09:48 AM

Orthodontic appliances have come a long way over the last few decades. Before, traditional metal-and-wire braces were the only option available for people looking to correct their bite and alignment issues. 

In recent years, the arrival of Invisalign has widened the market and given people more options to choose from.

At All Star Dental Office in San Jose, California, our certified doctors, Dr. Mohsena Ahmad and Dr. Zahara Ammar, specialize in a wide variety of dental procedures from root canals, crowns, and bridges to complex procedures and surgeries, and can ensure you receive the best treatment you need.

In this blog, we will be looking at the key differences between braces and Invisalign to help you choose the best appliance for your needs.

  • Appearance

The key difference between metal braces and Invisalign aligners is how discreet they are. Metal braces are noticeable anytime you smile, while Invisalign aligners are practically invisible. 

  • Treatment Duration

Depending on the orthodontic issues they correct, you may need to wear braces for 24-36 months to achieve your desired results. With Invisalign, the treatment duration is reduced, being around 18 months or up to 24 months for complex issues.

  • Orthodontist Visits

If you use braces, you will have to visit your orthodontist every month or every alternate month. With Invisalign, you should visit your orthodontist every 4 to 6 weeks. 

  • Flexibility

You will need to wear braces for the entire duration of your treatment. On the other hand, Invisalign can be removed every day when you eat or brush your teeth.

  • Oral Hygiene

With braces, you will need to brush regularly and floss with a special floss threader to remove stuck food. With Invisalign, you can remove the aligners before you eat and brush and floss normally.

  • Eating Habits

You will need to avoid certain foods like popcorn, taco shells, nuts, ice, hard cookies, and crackers when wearing braces. On the other hand, you can eat almost anything with Invisalign since you can easily remove the trays.

Invisalign is a great option for teenagers and adults who are looking to fix their bite issues without compromising their smiles. To better understand your options, contact All Star Dental Office at (408) 275-0768, schedule an appointment with our doctors online, or visit us at 3540 Union Ave, San Jose, CA 95124.


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