Metal braces are the traditional form of orthodontic care and have been used to straighten teeth since they were invented in 1819. It wasn’t until almost the 2000s that a new technique to straighten teeth was introduced. Invisalign quickly became a highly desired treatment that uses a series of clear molds to slowly align the teeth. This new form of braces was wildly popular because of the aesthetic appeal and the lack of metal used. 

Benefits of Invisalign 

The main advantage of Invisalign is obvious; you can barely see them at all. During treatment, you must remove the molds before you eat or drink. This eliminates the need to avoid certain foods and the annoyance of food stuck between braces. They also tend to be more comfortable to wear than traditional metal braces. Another attractive benefit is that you can simultaneously whiten your teeth using these same molds. 

Benefits of Braces 

If you have severe issues with your teeth, braces prove to be more beneficial. They can correct tough cases faster and more effectively than Invisalign. This type of treatment tends to be significantly less expensive than the other option. Unlike Invisalign, metal braces are correcting your teeth 100% of the time because they are unable to be removed. Younger children may prefer braces because of the color customizations they can make to the rubber bands. 

Which Should You Choose?  

When choosing between the two, there are essential elements to consider. For young children and teenagers, traditional metal braces are commonly recommended. This is because braces are fixed in your mouth, and there is no risk of losing them, unlike Invisalign. More responsible teens and adults are better fits for Invisalign because they may be less likely to misplace the molds. If broken or lost, the price to replace your Invisalign can be pricey. 

Newton Dental Invisalign 

If you are in the Boston or Newton area and interested in Invisalign, Newton Dental is here to provide excellent treatment. Dr. Berik has received several awards from Invisalign, including the 2017 Invisalign Reingage Dentist of the Year award. Read about the process, treatment time, and more. Newton Dental also offers a teen Invisalign program that opens the door to a younger set of patients. Contact us today at (617) 965-0060 to start your journey to a straighter smile!


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