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Should I Get Braces or Invisalign to Fix My Smile?

Are you looking to fix your smile? Do you have an underbite or overbite that needs to be corrected? Is there a big gap between your two front teeth that you’ve been wanting to fix for years? Are your teeth a bit twisted or simply out of place? If so, you probably want to find a way to fix your smile. But what is the best way? Should you get traditional braces or try the more advanced technique of Invisalign? Keep reading for some questions to ask yourself if you are comparing braces to Invisalign.

Is budget a concern?

One thing to keep in mind is that Invisalign typically costs more than traditional braces. If budget is a concern, you might want to lean towards braces. However, if money isn’t a major concern, Invisalign might be a better option for you.

How much work do your teeth need?

Something else to consider is how much work your teeth actually need to be corrected. While Invisalign can work wonders on certain issues, they are not adept to fix others. If you have severe misalignment or other dental issues, you might need to work with an orthodontist and get traditional braces. However, Invisalign is always advancing and can treat a number of dental issues, including cross bite, gap teeth, underbite, overcrowding, open bite, and more.

Do you play sports?

If you play sports then Invisalign is definitely a better choice than braces. That is because Invisalign trays can be removed while you’re playing sports so you don’t need to worry about damaging them. With braces, they are adhered to your teeth and made of metal. So, if you get hit in the face while playing sports, you risk splitting your lip open or injuring yourself.

How much time do you have on your hands?

When comparing braces to Invisalign you also need to consider how much free time you have and how much of that time you want to spend in a dental office. With braces, you will be visiting the dental office much more often to have braces tightened or changed. Invisalign trays are replaced every two weeks, but they are mailed directly to you so it can be changed at home.

In addition, braces take longer to see finished results. Those who wear braces typically do for 18 months to three years, whereas Invisalign users only need them for about 18 months.

How well do you handle pain?

Your pain tolerance is also important to consider. When braces are tightened, you can experience significant pain that lasts several days as your teeth move. With slight changes every two weeks, the pain and discomfort experienced with Invisalign are small and often lasts no more than a few hours.  

Metropolitan Smiles Offers Invisalign Services in Kew Gardens

If you are interested in getting Invisalign or simply determining if you are a good candidate for them, contact Metropolitan Smiles today. At our relaxed and state of the art dental facility in Kew Gardens, NY, you can work with Dr. ArtinSakhaee to determine the best course of action to fix your smile. We know the importance of having a confident smile, and Dr. Sakhaee can help you obtain it. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment! 

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