Invisalign® vs Braces

Invisalign® vs Braces

By now you’ve probably heard about or seen someone wearing the new clear plastic aligners called Invisalign®.  You may be wondering if they might be right for you.  Most people who need braces hesitate because of the “look” of the metal braces and are now thinking about the clear plastic, almost unnoticeable aligners.

“It is important for us to first discuss your need for braces in the first place” explains Dr. Hartz of Restorative Dental. Straightening of your teeth is not just for cosmetic reasons; although that is a plus in making for a perfect smile. But aligning your teeth is also important in your oral and overall health.  Swollen, red gums are often the result of crowded or too widely spaced teeth.  When teeth are properly aligned, the gums fit more securely around the teeth making for a tighter defense against potential periodontal disease. If you experience any of these oral health concerns, you may be a candidate for Invisalign®. You can visit our office, right here in Clarksville for more information.
Now that you and your dentist have decided that you need teeth alignment, the question is which method do you use?  Here are some pros and cons of both.

One of the biggest challenges of having braces is food getting trapped in the braces and which causes plaque buildup and eventually tooth decay. With Invisalign®, an alternative to tradition metal braces,  the aligners are removable for easier cleaning.

With regular braces there is usually some discomfort to gums and mouth from the metal and wires.  As well as  tooth decay can become a concern due to inadequate brushing and flossing.  Many people also do not like having to sacrifice not eating certain foods like popcorn, pretzels, ant nuts; however, with Invisalign® this is not a concern.

Invisalign® usually takes about 12 to 14 months and the retainers are changed at two week intervals during this timeframe .  There is a less expensive alternative to Invisalign® called ClearCorrect® but they are changed at three week intervals and usually takes a few months longer that Invisalign ® to achieve the desired finished result.

Here at Restorative Dental, we will sit down with you and discuss all of your options and see which method right for you to achieve your perfect smile. Our local office is located off of Dunbar Cave Road in Clarksville, Tennessee. We would love for you to come visit us or call (931) 648-0604 for more information.