When it comes to achieving a straighter smile, there are more orthodontic treatments available today than ever before.
Two popular options are traditional braces and Invisalign® aligners. Each method has its advantages, and choosing the right one depends on individual needs and preferences. At the office of Heather F. Fleschler, D.D.S, they can help you make an informed decision about the best treatment for your situation.
The Aesthetics and Comfort
One of the primary reasons many patients consider Invisalign is its discreet appearance. The clear aligners are virtually invisible (hence the name), making them a favorite among those seeking the most inconspicuous option. In contrast, braces consist of metal brackets and wires that are far more noticeable.
Also, Invisalign aligners tend to be more comfortable than traditional braces. With no wires or brackets to cause irritation, patients usually experience less discomfort with Invisalign. Plus, the smooth plastic aligners are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth.
Maintenance and Oral Hygiene
In terms of maintenance, Invisalign aligners also have the upper hand.
That’s because they’re removable, allowing you to take them out while eating, brushing, and flossing. This means no dietary restrictions! In addition, you can maintain your normal oral hygiene routine.
Braces, on the other hand, require extra care and attention to avoid getting food trapped in the brackets and wires, requiring more frequent visits to your orthodontist for cleaning or adjustments.
Treatment Duration and Effectiveness
Invisalign is typically recommended for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. While the treatment duration varies depending on each patient, Invisalign can often yield results more quickly when compared to braces.
However, severe cases of misalignment may require traditional braces for more precise and comprehensive treatment.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Both Invisalign and braces can achieve excellent results when administered by an experienced orthodontist like Dr. Heather F. Fleschler and her team of specialists.
If you’re interested in Invisalign aligners, they encourage you to give them a call at 713-660-6500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fleschler. During your consultation, Dr. Fleschler will assess your specific needs and discuss the best treatment options for your situation and preferences.