Traditional Braces or Invisalign? What’s the Right Choice For You?

Posted on January 11, 2022

Straight teeth not only give you a beautiful smile – they can bring you amazing smile confidence that lasts for life. Both Invisalign and traditional braces treatment can straighten your teeth and correct misalignments, but which is the right choice for you?

Each Option Comes With Unique Benefits

Both traditional braces (the metal type) and clear aligners from Invisalign can correct many different orthodontic problems. Traditional braces are stationary, while Invisalign braces are removable. For some patients, traditional braces are the better option; for others, Invisalign trays are preferable.

For Aesthetics

If aesthetic appeal is very important to you or your child, then the Invisalign clear aligners are ideal. One of the reasons that these clear corrective trays are so popular is because of their barely-there aesthetic. They are practically undetectable when you have them in.

For Convenience

Another benefit of clear aligner trays is that they can be removed while you eat and drink, which can come in handy. However, this can also be inconvenient for some people. You cannot consume any food while you are wearing the trays and should not drink anything other than water. Having to remember to put them back in may impact your decision.

Traditional Metal Braces

If you struggle to stay committed to removing and replacing the trays as instructed or keeping them in for up to 20 hours a day, then traditional metal braces may be the better option for you. Invisalign is a very effective system, but you do have to follow the Orthodontist recommendations. For some teens, the temptation to keep them out more than keeping them in may be tempting.

Traditional metal braces are semi-permanently affixed to the teeth, which means they stay put so this is not a concern. You don’t have to worry about taking them out every time you want a bite or sip – you’ll just need to ensure you’re flossing and brushing between the wires and brackets as directed by Dr. Parker and his orthodontic team.

Is Time a Factor?

Many orthodontic patients want to get results as quickly as possible and base their treatment decisions on whichever treatment is going to work the fastest. However, both Invisalign and traditional braces usually require about a two-year commitment.

Each treatment option will deliver improved results and can be a good option, as long as you weigh your treatment options and care for your Invisalign trays or metal braces properly. Dr. Parker can help you to make the right choice when it comes to which route is right for your condition. Call Parker Orthodontics today to schedule a free orthodontic consultation in Baton Rouge, Gonzales, Central or Donaldsonville, Louisiana!