Should I Get Braces or Invisalign?

Our Mill Creek orthodontist is a smile specialist. New patients often ask if we recommend braces or Invisalign for straighter teeth. Our aim is not to promote one product over another, but to offer information about each so that you can make the best decision for yourself. While one solution may be better for others, you may prefer the alternative. We are your ally and will evaluate your oral health along with your goals to recommend the best option for you.

What are the Similarities?

Both options involve our Mill Creek orthodontist adding a small button-like piece to several or each tooth to keep the tray or wires in place and to move your teeth into the desired direction. While both options may be uncomfortable at first, you will get used to them in time, and both will help you achieve your perfect smile. Invisalign and braces both require attention to your oral hygiene, with regular brushing and daily flossing.

What are the Differences?

While both options move your teeth into their desired position, they use a different medium. Braces made of metal or ceramic use wires between brackets and Invisalign is a brand of custom trays that essentially do the same thing. The way that Kleenex is one brand of facial tissue, yet widely recognized by name, Invisalign has the same brand recognition for the custom clear trays that straighten your teeth over time. Because the tray is a solid piece, teeth that are very misaligned at the beginning of your orthodontic treatment may be better suited for braces.

If your teeth are slightly misaligned, as they are forever moving, Invisalign may fit better. You will be able to remove your Invisalign trays for up to two hours each day to eat, brush, and floss.

Achieve Your Perfect Smile

Our Mill Creek orthodontist will lay out the treatment plan for you to achieve your perfect smile. Either option will give you the best results when you follow our recommendations for nutrition, hygiene, and care. Both choices have a different set of tips that will help you achieve the desired result. With brackets and wires, there are certain foods that you should avoid to prevent damage. After you receive a new Invisalign tray or get your braces tightened, you may want to opt for softer foods, as your teeth may be sensitive.

Dr. John Stieber has over 40 years of experience and information to set you up for success. Check out our Facebook page for some fascinating facts about your teeth! We will go over your entire orthodontic treatment process with you before we begin so you have everything you need. If you’re unsure about whether braces or Invisalign is a better fit for you, call us a call today! A quick consultation will allow us to lay out our alignment plans based on your individual needs and preferences. Request an appointment today to achieve your perfect smile!

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