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The battle between invisible braces versus traditional wire braces is as old as braces themselves. For most of dental history, most people preferred to have invisible braces, compared to some of the big bulky ones of the past. Sadly, technology could not produce a viable substitute. However, thanks to advances in 3D printing, near-invisible braces are now available to the public. Aside from being hard to detect, clear orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign®, offer up plenty of other reasons to consider them.

Benefits of Invisalign orthodontic clear braces:
– Smooth, comfortable, patented thermoplastic aligners
– Better smile with less social stigma of “metal-mouth”
– They are 100% customizable
– Straight teeth easier to clean than crooked teeth
– Easier cleaning; aligners are easily removable for eating or cleaning
– Invisalign braces are virtually invisible
– Healthier teeth and gums
– Simplifies oral hygiene and bite problems
– No food restrictions

Compared to traditional braces:
– Can break while being worn, potentially causing serious damage to your gums
– Lots of food restrictions
– Stigma of “metal-mouth” look, which can lower self-esteem and cause anxiety, teens and adults alike
– Less expensive
– Require brackets and wires
– Harder to brush and floss effectively
– Wire can poke and irritate mouth

If you would like to learn more, or to schedule an appointment, please call Virginia Dental Group at 703-385-3800 to talk to a member of our team. You can also stop by our office in Fairfax, Virginia. We look forward to seeing your smile!