The battle of the braces in Chicago, IL: Metal vs. Invisalign treatment

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If you’ve got crooked teeth, then you’ve got a problem. Every time you look in the mirror, you can see what misalignment does to your appearance. You might not see plaque, food debris, and bacteria hiding in the tight spaces between teeth. However, if you don’t take action, you might see cavities developing in those areas you can’t clean.

Okay, you probably know there are good reasons to straighten your teeth, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. The big question is what kind of orthodontic treatment to choose.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign aligners don’t look like braces, and they don’t act like braces, yet they straighten teeth beautifully. The secret lies in the high-tech design and manufacturing process. Your series of transparent aligners is custom-made just for you, using proven orthodontic principles employed in innovative ways. The benefits include:
  • Smile with pride, because you have nothing to hide – no unsightly metal to be found here!
  • Correct crooked teeth, underbite, overbite, and more.
  • Eat anything you want.
  • Enjoy easy, convenient oral hygiene.
  • Appropriate for teens and adults.
  • Did we mention they are invisible?

Benefits of metal

Yes, Invisalign is taking the world of orthodontics by storm, but metal braces aren’t out of the running yet. They remain popular and useful for many reasons:
  • Virtually any case, no matter how complex, is treatable with great results.
  • Appropriate for children, teens, and adults.
  • In select cases, brackets and wires achieve results faster. (For most, the treatment time is comparable though.)
  • There is no temptation to cheat. Aligners are removable when necessary, but you have to put them back on as soon as possible. They can’t straighten your teeth from a dresser drawer or your jacket pocket.
  • Now we have the option of ceramic brackets, making your braces much less noticeable.

And the winner is...

You! There isn’t a universal answer to the best braces. That depends on your priorities, the condition of your teeth, and other individual factors. That is why we offer Invisalign, traditional metal, ceramic, and a variety of specialty styles at Big Smile Dental. Call us at 773-772-8400 and let our dental experts help you choose the best way to straighten your smile.


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