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Should You Choose Braces or Invisalign?

Braces and Invisalign Treatments in Grand Rapids, MI

Invisalign, ceramic braces, and metal braces are all options for patients who want to improve the appearance of their smiles. In this blog post, we will go over the differences between braces and Invisalign so you can feel informed during your first consultation with a Grand Rapids orthodontist.

The below questions are designed to help you come to a decision.


Are you self-disciplined enough to consistently wear clear aligners?

You will experience temporary dental discomfort during orthodontic treatment. This is because the treatment is designed to put pressure on teeth so they’ll move into optimal alignment. Since traditional braces are glued to your teeth, there’s nothing you can do to eliminate the pain but to take over-the-counter pain medication. However, it may be tempting for patients to simply remove their Invisalign aligners when they become painful.

Clear aligners are only effective when they’re worn. Otherwise, you will pay the cost of Invisalign without reaping any of the benefits. Invisalign is a better choice for teenagers and adults because they possess the self-discipline children often lack. You’ll need to wear your Invisalign clear aligners 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.

Will you neglect your oral hygiene routine?

Metal brackets and wires interfere with brushing and flossing your teeth. Unfortunately, this makes it easier for patients to neglect their oral health during treatment. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning teeth with braces, you may want to consider Invisalign. Invisalign is a translucent aligner you can take out to eat and brush your teeth. Flossing is also made easier with Invisalign because you don’t have to thread the floss between each individual bracket.

Would you feel self-conscious with metal braces?

Many of our adult patients appreciate the subtlety of Invisalign. Like the name suggests, Invisalign is a nearly invisible aligner designed to slowly straighten teeth. If you know you would feel self-conscious wearing metal braces, you may want to consider the benefits of Invisalign.

We understand that not everyone would feel comfortable having their bosses or co-workers know that they were wearing braces. Thankfully, Invisalign can be used to treat a variety of teeth issues. Ceramic braces are also less noticeable than metal braces because the brackets match your natural tooth enamel. The brackets we used for ceramic braces are made from pure grown sapphire crystals. Ceramic braces and Invisalign are the perfect orthodontic treatments for adults embarrassed to wear metal braces.

How much time are you willing to spend?

In general, braces work faster to close gaps and align teeth than Invisalign. For this reason, many patients choose to wear braces even though there are other available options. Your licensed orthodontist will provide you with estimates for how long you can expect to wear braces or Invisalign to correct teeth issues. Some patients are willing to wear braces if it means they’ll have a straight smile sooner.

The Grand Rapids orthodontists at Armbrecht & Wierenga Orthodontics are dedicated to helping patients achieve their best smiles. If you are interested in learning if you are a candidate for Invisalign or ceramic braces, call us at (616) 455-4800.