When you decide to get your teeth straightened, you have many options. One of the biggest choices you will have to make is between traditional metal braces and Invisalign aligners. Although some patients have a certain type of alignment or bite problem that favors the use of one system over the other, they often can choose between the two. Knowing the key differences will help you make a decision about which treatment option is best for you.
Traditional metal braces are better at making precise movements and are more effective for certain alignment problems, such as severely overcrowded teeth. However, metal braces lend your smile a metallic look because even if you opt for clear brackets, the metal wire is still very noticeable. In addition, oral care is much more difficult with traditional braces, and you will have to avoid certain hard or chewy foods to avoid damaging your braces.
Invisalign aligners can be used for most alignment and bite problems. Many patients prefer these aligners because they are transparent and are virtually unnoticeable. In addition, the aligners can be removed, making oral hygiene and eating easier. However, Invisalign aligners can be lost, which may make them a bad choice for children or less responsible teens.
If you wish to learn more about your options for straightening your teeth, contact Dr. Parsa Zadeh, dentist in Beverly Hills. Dr. Zadeh is a Beverly Hills Invisalign provider, and he has fit hundreds of patients with the Invisalign system. Dr. Zadeh will be happy to examine your smile and help you determine if Invisalign is right for you.