Invisalign or Braces: Which is Right for You?

More than four million people in the United States have some type of dental braces today. As they have become more affordable and offer more options for the way they look in the mouth, even adults are choosing braces to correct their smiles. Your favorite dentist in Leesburg, Va., wants to help you decide which type is best for you!


Invisalign braces are clear plastic trays worn 24 hours a day to slowly straighten your teeth. Many people choose Invisalign because they are almost unnoticeable by others and do not tend to interfere with the wearer’s speech. Your Leesburg dentist will create computer-generated trays to fit your teeth perfectly.

The downside to using Invisalign is they straighten teeth more slowly than traditional braces. We usually recommend these only when the need for correction is relatively minor.

Traditional Braces

When most of us think of braces, we imagine metal wires and brackets attached to teeth and held tight with rubber bands. Though many advances have been made in the look of these braces, they generally are noticeable by others and often affect the wearer’s speech.   Today’s conventional braces can come in a variety of colors, which make them more appealing to some. A Leesburg family dentistry will recommend this type of braces for more complex corrections.

Prep and After Care

Ensuring the proper fit of any type of braces involves X-rays, molds and regular dental check-ups. The procedures during your visits may vary slightly, but we take the same amount of care with every orthodontic patient. Of course, as with all our patients and procedures, we want every visit to be a painless and pleasant one, even when braces are involved!

No matter what type of braces you ultimately choose, good oral hygiene will still play a significant role in their success. Cleaning teeth will take longer with braces than without. With children, brushing and flossing while wearing braces may need to be supervised by an adult.

Talk with your Leesburg dentist about how involved you wish to be in caring for your braces, teeth, gums and mouth, as this will affect the decision on the best type of braces for you.