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Choosing Invisalign or Braces as an Adult

Are you an adult that is self conscious of your smile or know someone that is?  When you don’t smile, people might think you don’t like them or that you’re in a bad mood.This can then affect how you’re treated.

Do you avoid smiling because you don’t like your teeth? You don’t have to be self conscious of your smile anymore!

Today, more adults than ever are taking the steps to straighten their teeth and have the smile they have always dreamed of. If you’re ready to join in, there are two great ways to do so.

Invisalign and braces are both orthodontic treatment options that have helped countless adults regain their confidence in their smiles. Both options are effective but they differ in a few ways, leaving it up to you and your orthodontist to decide which will be the best for you!

What are they made of?

Braces adhere to your teeth using brackets, wires, and in some cases rubber bands. There is an adjusting period when you first get braces. They will be uncomfortable for a few days against your tongue, lips, and the inside of your mouth, but most patients adjust in no time!

Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. The softer material tends to be more comfortable in your mouth, as well as less obvious. Invisalign is almost invisible in your mouth!

How does it work?

Braces use the brackets and wires placed by your orthodontist to slowly move your teeth from the position they are in, eventually getting to your end result of a straighter smile. Braces require an appointment every 4 to 8 weeks in order to stay up to date on the movement of your teeth.

Invisalign uses clear aligners that are designed to guide your teeth in steady increments to their desired final position. Every aligner is expertly calibrated and manufactured to fit your mouth at each stage of the treatment plan. You may have to change out your trays as often as each week as you progress through treatment.

What can I eat?

For the most part, with braces, you can eat as you normally would. There are a few food restrictions that your orthodontist will recommend to keep you from damaging your brackets. Otherwise, as your mouth gets used to having braces, you won’t think twice about eating. You will, however, have to go the extra mile to keep your teeth clean after eating!

Invisalign trays are removed when it is time to eat. This allows for there to be no food restrictions with Invisalign.

Additionally, you can only drink water while wearing your aligner trays. If you’re sipping on coffee or other beverages throughout the day, Invisalign can be a little tricky.

Are they hard to clean?

Your orthodontist will walk you through the best way to floss and brush your teeth with braces. Ideally, you would brush your teeth after every meal and before bed in order to keep your braces clear of food debris.

With Invisalign being removable, you are able to brush and floss your teeth as you normally would! It is equally important to keep your mouth and teeth clean with Invisalign as you don’t want any debris stuck within your aligners.

Which one should I choose?

As you walk through these questions with your orthodontist at Cosmo Ortho, we will help you make the best decision for your lifestyle and advise you in which option will yield the best results for your specific needs.

Both braces and Invisalign in Rosemount will have you well on your way to the same end goal, a new confident smile.