Guest Post: Braces vs. Invisalign – Which is the Real Winner?


[Note: This is a sponsored post contributed by Dr. Bob Kumra of Kumra Orthondontics. As previously mentioned, I’ll be sprinkling in content that addresses topics applicable to many of us parents as our kids grow. Among that, a monthly post from Dr. Kumra on orthodontia. Kumra Orthodontics has locations in Washington, DC, and Stafford, VA.]

Of all of the treatment plan options, most patients at Kumra Orthodontics choose treatment with either traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.

When considering a plan for orthodontic treatment, it can be difficult to decide which plan is best for you or your child’s needs. Quite a few factors need to be considered (price, length of treatment, comfort and convenience, visibility). It can be difficult to divine which pros outweigh which cons.

No matter which treatment plan you choose, braces or Invisalign, they both address similar issues and offer similar treatment outcomes. Invisalign provides patients with an invisible, comfortable, and convenient orthodontic appliance; braces provide patients with a reliable and proven solution that is designed to treat even the most difficult cases.

Dr. Bob Kumra offers both types of treatments and is here to explain the upsides and downsides of each orthodontic treatment approach.

Some differences between Braces and Invisalign

Today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable in the mouth. Braces are constructed of a bracket, bonding, or band and an archwire that controls the movement and realignment of your bite, teeth, and jaw. Braces provide the quick treatment outcomes that some patients are looking for. Younger patients tolerate metal braces especially well.

Pros and Cons of Metal Braces:
– Can handle all types of orthodontic cases.
– Require extra care and handling when brushing and cleaning teeth.
– Come with some common-sense food restrictions.

Invisalign aligners give the patient a more flexible approach toward treatment and is recommended more for adults and teens. Invisalign clear aligners give patients easy-to-care-for usability, form-fitting comfort, and the flexibility needed to function confidently throughout their day while wearing an orthodontic appliance. Orthodontic treatments with Invisalign with Dr. Kumra allow patients to eat almost any type of food (because they are removable by the patient); brush and floss their teeth normally (i.e., without the hassles involved with brushing and flossing while wearing a fixed appliance), and ultimately take on their day-to-day activities without the worry of being pegged as a braces wearer.

Pros and Cons of Invisalign Clear Aligners:
– Aligners are clear (virtually invisible).
– Aligners are removable (so you can floss, brush, and eat as usual).
– Aligners are made of a plastic that won’t irritate the soft tissue inside your mouth).
– Aligners must be worn 22-23 hours per day to achieve optimal results, so the patient must be responsible and accountable.

Invisalign is an essentially invisible fix that let patients conduct their day without their orthodontic appliance affecting the appearance of the teeth and mouth. Invisalign clear plastic aligner trays are easy to keep clean and ensure healthy dental development for the wearer. Invisalign aligners do require the patient to wear the appliance as long as 22 hours a day.

Get the Information You Need
Dr. Bob Kumra and Kumra Orthodontics can help you make the most appropriate decision for your orthodontic treatment in Washington, DC. Whether you are considering traditional braces or treatment with Invisalign, schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Kumra by calling his office at (202) 785-8672.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Kumra Orthodontics, however, I only promote services, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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