Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, works with people living in Boston, Norwood, Brookline, Framingham, MA as well as nearby communities, to determine whether Invisalign® or metal braces is the most effective treatment to correct orthodontic issues and straighten teeth.
What is the Difference Between Invisalign® and Metal Braces?
Invisalign® is a cutting-edge orthodontic treatment using clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth that suffer from mild to moderate issues, including overcrowded, gapped or protruded teeth as well as moderate misalignment. With Invisalign®, the orthodontia is barely noticeable and gradually moves teeth into their proper positions.
Braces, on the other hand, involve gluing metal or ceramic tracks or brackets on the front of teeth and threading metal wire through them to attach to an anchor track on the back teeth. The objective is to put mild, but constant, pressure on the teeth to move them into a straighter position. Braces are more noticeable as they are metal; however, ceramic brackets are often enamel colored to make them less noticeable. For some patients, colored wires may be used to make braces more creative.
What are the Advantages of Invisalign® vs Braces?
Invisalign®, though not for severe orthodontic issues, offers advantages such as much less discomfort during the teeth shifting and being virtually invisible to most people. The treatment process is typically about the same as traditional braces but is much easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Traditional metal braces often require less investment and cannot be misplaced. They treat more orthodontic issues than Invisalign® and are more durable. They also offer more control in straightening teeth.
How Do I Know If I am a Candidate for Invisalign® vs Braces?
The best way to know if you are a candidate for either treatment is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Baloul. She is a certified Invisalign® provider and is well-trained to know which is the best option. Through an evaluation of your mouth, teeth and gums, she can determine and recommend the most effective treatment plan as well as discuss Invisalign® vs braces with you.
At Elegant Orthodontics, Susan Baloul, DMD, MS, DScD, a dual-trained specialist in orthodontics and periodontics, evaluates patients living in and around Boston, Norwood, Brookline and Framingham, MA, to discuss Invisalign® vs Braces for the most effective orthodontic treatment. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.