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If you are concerned about the appearance of your smile due to bite problems such as crooked or gapped teeth, you may need to undergo orthodontic treatment. The two main options for orthodontics is traditional braces and Invisalign®, which offer important differences.

When choosing between braces and Invisalign, consider how they differ in nature. Invisalign is a very popular choice because the appliances are made of clear plastic material that makes them virtually invisible and allows your smile to look more natural during treatment. Braces are more visible since they are comprised of metal or ceramic material.

Below is a breakdown of the significant differences of Invisalign and traditional braces and what to expect from each:

Invisalign
The aligner trays for Invisalign can be taken out at mealtime, which can put them at risk of being lost when they aren’t worn. They also require a lot of self-discipline because they need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day or else you may fall behind in your orthodontic treatment. To prevent the trays from becoming stained, remember to brush your teeth and trays after eating, which are both very easy to keep clean. Patients who have minor dental issues may find Invisalign to be the most effective treatment.

Traditional Braces
The brackets and wires that make up braces remain fixed on your teeth, which is why you shouldn’t eat foods that damage braces. Traditional orthodontics can be less expensive than cosmetic procedures, but can be easily seen. Braces need to be thoroughly cleaned every day to remove lingering food particles and keep your teeth protected from tooth decay. Braces can cause mild discomfort such as sores when you first receive the brackets and wires, but due to being fixed on the teeth, they can be misplaced and lost like Invisalign. If you worry about losing Invisalign aligners, you may be better suited for braces.

To learn more about your options for orthodontics in Scarsdale, New York, contact Blais Orthodontics at 914.472.9595 today to arrange a consultation with our orthodontist, Dr. Merissa Blais.