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Should I get Braces or Invisalign to straighten my teeth?

I'm considering getting my teeth straightened, and would like to know what is better: Braces or Invisalign? Are there any downsides to Invisalign vs. Braces?

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If you are older and leaning towards getting Invisalign, I would listen to what your Orthodontist recommends especially if he says get brackets (braces).

I had braces when I was younger and my teeth were straight, but as I got older a few minor gaps in my teeth had opened up over time, and one of my front teeth roots needed to be pushed more vertical, which I wanted to fix. My orthodontist recommended I get brackets, since invisalign doesn't move the roots of your teeth.

However, because I didn't want to be wearing braces in my 30s, I decided to go with invisiglign instead of braces, which was not a good move on my part. I had to wear invisigln for 6 months, but at the end of 6 months, my front teeth did not move together properly, and had one tooth angled more than it was six months before. I then had to get a 2nd round of invisalign for 4 months, which still didn't fix things properly.

So after all that trouble with invisalign, I ultimately had to get braces put on for 4 months to correct the remaining issues. Not only did the braces, correct the alignment of my teeth, but they also moved the root of my tooth to center it better.

Moral of the story, is that I should have listened to my orthodontist and just dealt with having braces on for 6 months, instead of dealing with invislign for almost a year to have it not fix what I initially thought was a very minor correction.

With invisalign, you also have to take them out before you eat, so if your trying to hide the fact that you have invisalign in, you'll actually have to use the bathroom each time you want to take them out. It may not be a huge deal, but it can become somewhat annoying. Invisalign may also be more expensive than just getting braces. In my case, luckily my orthodontist didn't charge me extra to have the braces put on afterwards.

With braces, you can actually get colorless brackets that aren't metal looking so they do a better job of hiding the fact that you have braces. After two weeks of having braces, you'll kinda stop worry too much about the fact that you have braces on, and you'll realize that no one really cares either.

So if I was to do it over, I definitely should have listened to my orthondontist and just gotten braces initially (and not dealt with Invisalign).
personal experience

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