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Invisalign vs. Braces

Orthodontic Care in North Potomac

The most popular treatments we offer are braces and Invisalign. Both offer their own unique benefits, and Dr. Harrington will work with you to choose the best treatment for your smile. No matter which you choose, you'll be starting towards a gorgeous new smile!

Why Choose Braces?

Despite the alternatives available, traditional metal braces are still the most popular treatment we offer – and with good reason. Metal braces are a reliable, highly effective option for straightening your teeth and can treat almost any form of orthodontic condition. There are many advantages to straightening your teeth with metal braces, including:

  • Effective for All Malocclusions: Metal braces are a powerful, reliable treatment option and can treat almost any orthodontic condition effectively.
  • Simple: While metal braces require care to keep healthy, they're also a "fire and forget" treatment method. You won't have to worry about losing your braces because they're cemented to the teeth. 
  • Cost-Effective: One of the biggest advantages to metal braces is their cost – braces are the most cost-effective orthodontic treatment available. 
  • Multiple Options: Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, we can offer a variety of options for orthodontic treatment including clear braces, Damon braces, and more. 

Why Choose Invisalign?

Invisalign uses a fundamentally different method to straighten the teeth, relying on a series of clear, removable aligners instead of fixed metal brackets. Invisalign is a convenient, virtually-invisible treatment option and comes with its own set of unique advantages:

  • Virtually Invisible: Unlike braces, Invisalign is almost impossible to see from the outside. invisalign won't be obvious in pictures, at social events, or during work presentations, making it a popular choice. 
  • Removable: The aligners are easy to pop in and out, making eating and oral hygiene much easier. 
  • No Dietary Restrictions: Braces require patients to avoid certain foods, but Invisalign allows you to eat all of your favorite foods during treatment. 
  • Oral Hygiene Is Easy: Braces require the use of specialized tools like floss threaders to clean the teeth, but because you take aligners out for oral hygiene, Invisalign lets you clean teeth as normal. 
  • Comfort: Invisalign aligners are smooth to the touch, so they don't cause tiny cuts and scratches the same way that braces do. 

Schedule a Consultation

Both braces and Invisalign have their own distinct advantages, and each patient may choose one or the other for their own unique reasons. If you'd like to find out whether braces or Invisalign is right for you and how orthodontic treatment can improve your life, Dr. Christine Chen, Dr. Charles Harrington and our team would love to help. Request a consultation with us online today – we'll help you choose the perfect treatment plan and achieve a gorgeous new smile!

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