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Braces vs. Invisalign®: Which Is Right For You?

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Many patients who suspect they need orthodontic treatment decide they want clear aligner therapy before they even see an orthodontist. However, there are several factors that go into making a decision between braces and Invisalign®—some which you may not know. If you’re trying to decide between braces vs. Invisalign®, here are some considerations to keep in mind.

How Complex Is Your Case?

At Montano & Cardall, we pride ourselves on being able to treat complex cases with clear aligner therapy. As an Invisalign® Elite Top 1% Provider, we’ve successfully treated hundreds of patients who were previously told that their orthodontic needs were too complex for Invisalign®.
Invisalign clear trays
This doesn’t mean, however, that every case can be treated with clear aligners. Although our understanding of how to use Invisalign® technology has made significant advances, some patients have orthodontic issues that require braces because of the way we need to move some of their teeth. If a patient really wants Invisalign® rather than braces but has a complex case, we can often treat the upper teeth with Invisalign® and use braces on the lower teeth. This method allows for the teeth which are most noticeable when smiling and talking to be straightened discreetly. Our goal is for you to receive the treatment of your choice while still achieving the best result possible!

What’s Your Lifestyle Like?

People often think of Invisalign® as being the “easier” treatment option, but you do need a lot of self-discipline to see great results with clear aligner therapy. While the trays are removable at any time, you must wear them for at least 22 hours a day for them to work. If you tend to be forgetful or don’t have much willpower to spare, braces may actually be the easier treatment option for you.

If you play a lot of contact sports or can’t live without sticky candy and popcorn, Invisalign® may be right for you. And if you’re concerned about cost, don’t be—Montano & Cardall offers Invisalign® for the same price as braces, with lots of flexible financing options to choose from.

What Is Your Personal Preference?

If your orthodontic needs can be met with either braces or Invisalign® and all other factors are equal, it can simply come down to personal taste. Many people will go with whichever choice is the most discreet. If your orthodontist is leaning toward braces for your treatment and you are worried about the appearance, don’t forget you can now choose clear ceramic braces instead of traditional metal!

Another factor to consider in your decision is duration of treatment. Sometimes braces are a faster option than Invisalign®, but in other cases Invisalign® is actually faster. Be sure to ask your orthodontist which option will be faster in your unique case.

Whether You Choose Braces Or Invisalign®, We Can Help

Drs. Montano and Cardall create Bakersfield’s most beautiful smiles with both braces and clear aligner therapy. To find out whether braces or Invisalign® are right for you, click here to schedule a FREE consultation today!

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