Many cosmetic dentistry patients find Invisalign an attractive proposition. Invisalign is a method of correcting crooked teeth using invisible plastic liners. It's a highly effective method of correcting teeth, but there are some times when regular braces may be preferred. Here's how to decide between the two options.
When You Should Use Invisalign
There are multiple benefits to Invisalign. Over time, Invisalign shifts your teeth through a progression of plastic liners. Each plastic liner moves the teeth more until they are in the final desired position. Invisalign is considered more comfortable than braces and it is less noticeable than braces. Thus, it's often best used for those who would be self-conscious about having braces in the first place.
Invisalign does make it easier to take care of your teeth, as you can remove the liners when you're brushing your teeth. Those who are concerned about the overall health of their teeth may prefer this option. In general, patients who want to make minor to moderate changes in the alignment of their teeth are going to find this an excellent option. This is also the option often recommended if patients have had their alignment corrected in the past but have found it shifting back over time.
When You Should Use Braces
Though Invisalign is an exciting and newer technology, it doesn't completely supplant braces. Invisalign cannot be used on children, only teens and adults. Braces can be used to correct juvenile bites. Further, Invisalign cannot be used to correct the back teeth. It's best used for the front teeth and it's best used for minor corrections. If you have issues with crowding in your molars, Invisalign will not be able to help.
Another significant issue with Invisalign is that it tends to be more expensive than traditional braces. If budget is a concern, it may be best to get traditional braces. Braces and Invisalign may also be covered differently by insurance. In general, patients who need serious changes to their bite and their alignment will be better served with traditional braces.
Do you want to change the alignment or appearance of your teeth? There are a lot of options available, including both traditional braces and Invisalign. You can get started today by contacting your local cosmetic dentistry clinic and asking them for a consultation. They will be able to tell whether you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign or whether braces would be better.