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If you are self-conscious about your smile due to its appearance, you may benefit from receiving orthodontics to realign your teeth and correct any problems with your bite. Our team offers an explanation of the difference between traditional braces and Invisalign® to help you make an informed choice.

It’s important to consider the differences between braces and Invisalign. One of the reasons patients often choose Invisalign is because the appliances are virtually invisible due to their clear plastic material, allowing patients to enjoy more natural-looking smiles during treatment. Braces are comprised of metal or ceramic, which can be seen when you speak and smile.

Below are some significant differences between Invisalign appliances and traditional braces:

Invisalign
You can easily remove the aligner trays when it’s time to eat, and it’s important to not lose the trays when they aren’t in your smile. Invisalign also requires enduring self-discipline to ensure that they are worn for a minimum of 22 hours a day in order to achieve the desired results. It’s important to brush your teeth after eating to avoiding staining the trays, which are very easy to clean. Invisalign is often ideal for patients who suffer minor dental issues such as crooked or gapped teeth.

Traditional Braces
Braces contain brackets and wires that remain fixed in your smile, and it’s important to avoid foods that damage braces. Braces are often less expensive than Invisalign but are more visible when worn. You will need to clean your braces every day to keep to keep them clear of food particles and prevent tooth decay. You may experience some discomfort and sores from wearing the brackets and wires, but because they can’t be removed, they also aren’t at risk of being lost and can be worn during contact sports. You may be better suited for braces if you are concerned about remembering to be diligent with Invisalign aligners.

Please feel free to contact Orthodontic Specialists, P.A. at 952-469-6760 if you have further questions about orthodontics in Lakeville, Minnesota, and would like to consult with our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph Basile.