Invisalign Vs. Braces

Invisalign® or Braces?

At Gardner Orthodontics, we have options for every smile, including Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, metal braces and clear braces in Richmond. While in the past, many people with more complicated cases had to choose braces, thanks to our depth of experience, we can treat the vast majority of cases with clear aligners. So when it comes to deciding on a smile solution, the choice will really come down to your lifestyle and preferences. Let’s compare Invisalign vs. braces.

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Invisalign

Virtually Invisible

Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, clear plastic. They slip over your teeth almost like super comfortable mouthguards. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing aligners.

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Braces

Discreet or Colorful

You can customize your metal braces with colorful elastics. Or, if you’d prefer an under-the-radar option, ceramic braces blend in with your smile, making them less noticeable.

Fewer Visits

Your aligners are pre-programmed to achieve certain tooth movements at the start of your treatment. They don’t require adjustments, so you’ll have fewer office visits, saving you time.

More Visits

While we do use modern braces that don’t require as many appointments, you will still need adjustments. The good news is, these visits are quick, easy and, of course, fun!

No Hardware

The smooth, plastic aligners are custom-made for you for maximum comfort and there are no brackets and wires that can cause irritation or get in your way.

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Brackets and Wires

While there is an adjustment period, once you get used to the brackets and wires, you’ll barely notice they’re there. Braces are more comfortable than ever before.

Removable

Invisalign aligners are removable. You’ll take your aligners out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. This means there are no food restrictions and oral hygiene is simple.

Fixed

Braces are bonded to your teeth and stay in place throughout your treatment. Though you will have to be diligent about caring for them, you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your appliance!

Oral Hygiene is a Breeze

You’ll also take your aligners out to brush and floss your teeth, making oral hygiene simple.

Oral Hygiene Adjustments

Brushing and flossing your teeth is a little more challenging with the brackets and wires.

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Invisalign

Virtually Invisible

Invisalign aligners are made from smooth, clear plastic. They slip over your teeth almost like super comfortable mouthguards. Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing aligners.

Fewer Visits

Your aligners are pre-programmed to achieve certain tooth movements at the start of your treatment. They don’t require adjustments so you’ll have fewer office visits, saving you time.

Comfortable

The aligners are custom-made for you and there are no brackets and wires that can cause irritation or get in your way.

Eat What You Want

You’ll take your aligners out to eat and drink so there are no food restrictions. You can continue to eat all of the foods you love.

Oral Hygiene is a Breeze

You’ll also take your aligners out to brush and floss your teeth, making oral hygiene simple.

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Braces

Visible When Smiling

Braces are visible when you smile, particularly metal braces. While ceramic braces are less noticeable and do blend in to a certain degree, they still are more visible than aligners.

More Visits

While we do use modern braces that don’t require as many appointments, you will still need adjustments. This means you’ll have more visits over the course of your treatment.

Brackets and Wires

You will get used to your braces and forget they’re there but there is an adjustment period where the brackets and wires can irritate your mouth.

Food Restrictions

There are foods to avoid with braces, including anything really chewy, sticky or hard because these types of foods can damage your appliance.

Oral Hygiene Adjustments

Brushing and flossing your teeth is a little more challenging with the brackets and wires.

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