Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

If you or your child has teeth that are crooked or crowded, you may be wondering if traditional braces or Invisalign is your best option. At General Family Dentistry, Dr. Elizabeth Attreed is highly experienced in Invisalign for Stafford, VA.

Similarities Between Traditional Braces and Invisalign

Both of these methods can help with crooked teeth, gaps between your teeth, and prevent crowding of your teeth. Not only does this improve your smile but your oral health as well, because it makes it easier to take great care of your teeth. These teeth-straightening methods can also help with teeth grinding and speech issues.

Differences Between Traditional Braces and Invisalign

Traditional braces are cemented onto your teeth with a wire that joins them together. The wires are tightened to put pressure on your teeth and move them into the correct position. Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners to move your teeth and it is difficult to even see them.

You can remove your Invisalign aligners in order to take care of your teeth as you normally would, so it's easy to keep them clean. With traditional braces, you can't brush underneath the metal braces on each tooth in order to clean them properly.

When you are wearing an aligner, you need to remove it to eat and drink, unless you are only drinking plain water. Otherwise, you leave the aligner in place for 20 or so hours per day. Traditional braces are not removed when you eat or drink anything, but you should brush your teeth after you eat or drink anything with them.

Which Way of Moving Teeth is Faster?

It's understandable that almost everyone in Stafford, VA would like to wear braces or trays to correct their teeth for the shortest amount of time possible. Invisalign results in faster treatment times and it also uses very little time in the dentist's chair compared to traditional braces that need to be adjusted by your dentist every few weeks.

Who Would Be a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

If you want inconspicuous teeth straightening and want to have your smile corrected quickly, you may opt for Invisalign. It would also be less time-consuming as you simply pop in the next aligner in the series instead of returning to the dentist for adjustments. About 90% of all patients can use Invisalign.

Trust the Professionals with Your Smile

Our highly experienced team at General Family Dentistry is headed up by Dr. Attreed who has years of training on all the different dental procedures for teeth straightening. You can contact us at (540) 659-5161 to learn more about Invisalign in Stafford, VA.

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