Braces vs invisalign

Traditional Braces vs Invisalign

September 27, 2020 2:55 am Published by

Crooked teeth, bite issues, and misaligned jaws don’t just affect the look of your smile — they can also impact your speech and ability to eat properly. At Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces, we offer two orthodontic options that can improve the appearance and function of your child’s smile: traditional metal braces and Invisalign®. Read more about the differences between these two effective treatment options below.

What Are Traditional Metal Braces?

Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets and wires, and are very common among younger patients. They are designed to treat issues such as crowding, overbites, and underbites, as well as large gaps and misalignment. Although people commonly think that metal braces are big and clunky, the brackets are much smaller and sleeker now than they ever have been!

Benefits of Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces can be more affordable than Invisalign. Additionally, they can address even the most complex and difficult orthodontic issues. Patients come into the office and get their braces tightened and adjusted over time. Another advantage is that there are no removable parts for younger patients to misplace.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of custom-made clear aligners that fit over your teeth and subtly straighten them over time. They can move your teeth in any direction and may even rotate crooked teeth, but they do not address more advanced orthodontic issues. Invisalign patients receive new aligners every two weeks for gradual yet noticeable results. The aligners must be worn for 20-22 hours per day.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign is a good option for those who don’t mind wearing their aligners for long periods of time throughout the day. Because patients can remove them to eat meals and brush their teeth, fewer dietary changes are required. It’s also much easier for patients to keep their teeth clean. Invisalign treatment typically lasts around 18 months, but it depends on an individual patient’s situation.

Affordable Orthodontics in Pleasanton, TX

If you are unsure which type of braces will be best for your child, visit our office for an orthodontic consultation! Our staff at Pleasanton Children’s Dentistry & Braces will be happy to work with you to find a treatment option for your child’s needs and your budget. If you are visiting our office for the first time, be sure to check out our first visit page. Give us a call at 830-542-4221 or fill out our online contact form to learn more!

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