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Why choose Invisalign® over Braces?

Serving Vancouver WA and Camas WA

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Choosing the right treatment option for your unique smile is an important decision. You want to pick the right solution that fits your lifestyle and gives you a smile you love. If you’re torn between Invisalign® and traditional braces, you’re not alone.

Let’s explore the differences to help you make an informed choice.

What’s the Difference Between Invisalign® and Traditional Braces?

Invisalign® and traditional braces are designed to do the same thing – straighten your teeth. They even achieve it in similar ways – moving your teeth through a series of progressively tighter mechanisms. 

But there are some key differences in what they look like, how they feel, and how you use them.

  • Appearance: Invisalign® is nearly invisible, while braces have noticeable brackets and wires.
  • Comfort: Invisalign® aligners are smooth and less likely to irritate your mouth.
  • Removability: Invisalign® aligners can be taken out for eating and cleaning, unlike braces.
  • Eating: No food restrictions with Invisalign®, whereas braces require avoiding hard or sticky foods.
  • Maintenance: Invisalign® requires simple cleaning, while braces need careful brushing and flossing around brackets.
  • Check-Ups: Fewer and shorter orthodontic visits with Invisalign® compared to braces adjustments.
  • Utility: Braces are still likely more useful in severe or complex orthodontic cases; Invisalign® is best for mild to moderate issues.

Is Invisalign® Better for Mild to Moderate Issues?

For many mild to moderate orthodontic corrections, Invisalign® is as effective as traditional braces. In these situations, patients often prefer Invisalign® due to its comfort and discreet appearance. Whether you’re dealing with minor crowding, gaps, or slight alignment issues, Invisalign® provides a convenient and aesthetically pleasing solution. 

However, it’s essential to recognize that in complex or significant cases, traditional braces might be more suitable.

Are Braces Better for Complex Orthodontic Cases?

They may be – Invisalign® is not the perfect solution for everyone. Traditional braces can be more effective in addressing significant orthodontic cases. Here are some situations where braces might be the better option:

  • Severe Misalignment
  • Bite Correction
  • Cases with Tooth Rotation
  • Cases with Vertical Movement
  • Cases Where Comprehensive Control Is Required

Schedule a Free Consultation Today

Choosing the right orthodontic treatment is a significant decision. While Invisalign® is excellent for many cases, braces have their advantages in more complex situations. If you’re not sure which you need, schedule a consultation at our comfortable Vancouver, WA office. 

Our knowledgeable team is here to provide top-notch care and help you achieve the smile you deserve. Contact us today and take the first step towards your perfect smile!

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Why choose Invisalign® over Braces? in Vancouver WA

Serving Clark County

Vancouver, WA, and the surrounding communities of Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie, Battle Ground, Orchards

Cascade Park East, Hockinson, Cascade Park West, Minnehaha, and Walnut Grove