Invisalign has taken the orthodontic field by storm because of the many benefits it offers to people who don’t want to straighten their teeth due to visible braces. Invisalign is revolutionary. Yet, there are still instances where traditional braces are better. Use this guide to help you choose which path is right for you and your teeth.

What is Invisalign? What are traditional braces?

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Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses clear trays custom-fit to your teeth. They pressure your teeth to move them into the correct position gently. The movements are computer-generated to give you the smile of your dreams in two years or less without the hassle of visible brackets. There are many other clear aligner systems now. Still, Invisalign was the first, which gives it the advantage of many years leading to perfection.

Traditional braces use wires and brackets attached to each tooth to push your teeth into the right position. The bracts hold wires onto your teeth while the strength of the wire places pressure on your teeth. Many people see images of people with silver wires, brackets, and colored rubber bands flash in their minds when they think of traditional braces, but today, there are options for clear wires and tooth-colored brackets that help them blend into your teeth. The thing that makes them “traditional” is that they use the two-century-old technology of wires and brackets, whereas Invisalign uses trays.

When to choose traditional braces

While many people today view Invisalign as the new standard for braces, there are instances where Invisalign won’t work, won’t work as well, or isn’t practical for the wearer.

Traditional braces can handle more complex situations

Invisalign can handle a lot, but there are complex situations that will require the use of traditional braces. However, you can always switch to clear aligners later on when the bulk of your orthodontic issues have been addressed. Traditional braces are best for rotated teeth, severely crooked teeth, and severe malocclusions.

Traditional braces are cost-effective

The cost of treatment always depends on the severity of your crookedness, but traditional braces typically cost less. If cost is a significant factor for you, you’ll have to weigh it against the benefits of Invisalign to decide which is most important for you.

Traditional braces are good for inattentive teens

Invisalign requires a lot of responsibility. You have to take them out every time you eat, drink anything other than water, while playing a contact sport, and make sure you don’t lose them while they’re out. For teens or others who are less responsible and less dedicated to wearing them, braces that are only removable by your local Spokane Valley dentist are better.

Which is more effective?

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are very effective at straightening your smile. Still, as we have already explored, traditional braces are more effective given certain situations. Invisalign braces have a satisfaction rate of over 96%. The effectiveness of traditional braces speaks for themselves due to their longevity of use and the straight smiles you see in generations before Invisalign became popular.

Weigh Your Options

comparasion chart of Invisalign over Traditional Braces in Spokane Valley

Straighten Your Teeth in Spokane Valley

Whether you’re interested in getting traditional braces or Invisalign, our doctors in Spokane Valley can help. Schedule an appointment online or call (509) 927-2273 and consult with doctors Ken and Marnie Collins about if Invisalign or traditional braces will better straighten your teeth and fit your unique needs.