Invisalign vs. Braces – Which Is Better for You?

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Invisalign vs. Braces

If you’re interested in finding a way to straighten your teeth, you’re in luck. There are many available options to give you that beautiful smile you have always wanted. Two of the most common and popular are braces and Invisalign. So which one do you choose?

How Braces Work

Braces have been the go-to solution for straightening teeth for decades. They’re made up of a metal wire connected to metal or ceramic brackets that adhere to each tooth. The brackets shift the teeth into the correct position over time.

Some people have only a few misaligned teeth that need straightening, while others have an entire mouth of crooked or protruding teeth. Braces will stay on for around one to three years, depending on the needs of the patient.

Regular brushing and flossing are a must for oral hygiene and to prevent tooth discoloration and gum decay while wearing metal braces. You also need to visit the orthodontist regularly for cleanings and exams to monitor your progress.

There are some restrictions regarding the foods you can eat. You should avoid anything sticky that could become trapped under the wires. You also shouldn’t eat anything hard that could damage the braces or even cause them to break.

How Invisalign Works

Invisalign is a perfect choice if you want to hide your teeth straightening treatment. The aligner is made from polyurethane plastic resin and is barely noticeable to the naked eye. The orthodontist makes a custom aligner for a snug fit that gradually straightens the teeth.

You must wear your aligners for twenty-two hours every day. However, you can remove them when you eat and brush your teeth.

The cost is significantly higher than braces. Although many insurance plans will pay for your dental bills, some insurance companies don’t provide coverage for Invisalign.

One of the most convenient things about Invisalign aligners is ease and comfort. Not only can you take them out at meals, allowing you to eat whatever you want, but cleaning is simple. Just brush them with your toothbrush or soak them in a cleaning solution.

Crooked Teeth Pose a Health Risk

Many people struggle with the appearance of their teeth. Crooked teeth aren’t only a problem for a person’s perceived attractiveness but can also cause a range of dental issues, such as:

  • Eroding enamel – A protruding tooth can rub against the surface of another, leading to enamel erosion. Without this tough outer layer of enamel, your teeth become exposed to the foods and drinks you consume, resulting in further damage, pain, and sensitivity.
  • Gum disease – Periodontal disease can develop from misaligned teeth. The gums don’t fit securely around the teeth, allowing harmful bacteria to grow and lead to infections.
  • Injuries – If you end up in a car accident or take a serious fall, your teeth could crack or chip if they’re protruding or misaligned.
  • Cleaning difficulties – It’s harder to brush and floss the spaces between crooked teeth. Without a thorough cleaning every day, bacteria can form and grow in your mouth, causing bad breath, tooth decay, and issues with your gums.
  • Trouble chewing – Chewing can be a challenge and even painful if your lower and upper teeth don’t line up evenly or some of your teeth protrude past the others.

It’s not just oral hygiene and health that’s a problem. Crooked teeth can also cause confidence issues. If you don’t have the smile you want, you might feel unattractive and develop low self-esteem. Fortunately, you can speak to your dentist about what you can do to fix your teeth and get your confidence back.

Contact Babylon Dental Care Today

If you want to discuss your teeth straightening needs, call Babylon Dental Care at (631) 983-2937 today. We can examine your teeth and advise whether Invisalign or braces is the right choice for you.

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