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Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces: What Orthodontic Treatment Is Right for You?

invisible braces invisalign pixHearing the word “braces” often conjures images of brackets and wires. Invisalign has changed the field of orthodontia thanks to the treatment’s innovative clear aligners. While some patients are better served by metal braces, you might be surprised just how many people qualify for Invisalign – adults and teens – and you could be one of them.

Deciding Between Invisalign and Traditional Metal Braces

Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign do an excellent job of straightening teeth. Invisalign can correct the same problems as traditional metal braces – overbites, underbites, crossbites, and gaps. Severe alignment problems may require more in-depth treatment, and for that traditional metal braces might be recommended.

If you qualify for both metal braces and Invisalign, the way to proceed is largely a matter of preference. Metal braces have come a long way and are no longer as noticeable as they once were. Invisalign, of course, is the desirable option for many orthodontic patients. They want straight teeth but they want a discreet and efficient way to make it happen.

Here are some points to consider about Invisalign and metal braces as you or your teen prep for orthodontic treatment.

Invisalign Braces: Easy, Efficient, and Effective

Invisalign wearers are available for both adults and teens, though not everyone qualifies for this type of tooth alignment. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign, it’s time to get familiar with the ins and outs of this orthodontic treatment.

Traditional Metal Braces: The Sure Thing… Almost

It’s hard to argue with the effectiveness of traditional metal braces. They are a tried and true method of orthodontia and, some might say, a rite of passage for teenagers. But what if you want straight teeth as an adult? Traditional metal braces aren’t all that desirable, especially in your professional life.

Whether adolescent or adult, traditional metal braces have pros and cons to be considered:

One element that Invisalign and traditional metal braces have in common is what comes after the treatment is completed. Every braces wearer – no matter what kind of braces – must wear retainers after their orthodontia is complete. All that effort to straighten teeth must be maintained.

Find out whether you qualify for Invisalign from your Philadelphia Elite Provider of Invisalign, Dr. Ken Cirka. After a dental exam, discussion of your goals and budget, and desired timeline for straight teeth, Dr. Cirka will make his recommendations so you can achieve the straight smile you have always wanted. Contact Dr. Cirka or Dr. Jessica Meier at Philadelphia Dentistry in Center City, Philadelphia, to make your appointment.

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