Braces vs Aligners

People who come to Upper East Side Orthodontics for orthodontic treatment usually come prepared with several questions, not the least of which is whether they should opt for braces vs aligners. While there isn’t one “right” solution for those who need these types of dental appliances, there are advantages and disadvantages to each one that should be considered.

Visibility

The first factor people consider when deciding between braces and aligners is visibility. Braces are traditionally more visible than aligners. They are attached to the outside of the teeth where they are visible. Today, there are options that make them less conspicuous such as tooth-colored brackets.  Still, if visibility is a concern, an Invisalign aligner is probably the better option.

Removability

This is another factor in which aligners seem to come out on top. Aligners can be removed at any time, which makes eating and basic dental care much easier. On the other hand, you will never have to worry about losing braces that can only be removed by your New York, NY orthodontist.

Comfort

Both braces and aligners can cause some discomfort when they are first being used, but that discomfort is easily managed. Some people may even forget that they are wearing braces or an aligner after some time. Keep in mind that some people might be tempted to remove an uncomfortable aligner, which defeats its purpose. Since braces cannot be removed, people are more likely to deal with the discomfort until they are used to it.

Braces or Aligners?

Generally speaking, the choice between braces vs aligners comes down to personal preference, with people generally preferring one over the other. In any case, Dr. Vaysman, Dr. Basir, and Dr. Jahn’Shahi of Upper East Side Orthodontics can help you decide which option is best for you. Feel free to contact them if you have any questions.