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Different Types of Braces: The Right Choice

The concept of braces can be a simple enough. The main problem is with the different types of braces out there today, which one will be right for you. Standard braces use to be the only option for teeth correction but with today’s advances invisalign and incognito braces are becoming more popular. This infographic clearly and simply states  the pros and cons of all the different styles to choose from along with the benefits of each. Which will you choose?

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Different Types of Braces: The Right Choice

Incognito Hidden Braces vs. Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

Why Do I Need Braces?

  • Fixing Crooked Teeth

    • Misaligned teeth can contribute to oral health issues such as bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease because they are harder to clean.
  • Correcting Bad Bites

    • Malocclusion, the condition in which the teeth of the upper and lower jaw do not line up properly, can result in difficulties in chewing, jaw pain, headaches and even some speech impediments

The Wearer

  • Traditional Braces

    • Popular for children but associated with the “metal mouth” stigma.
  • Invisalign

    • Popular for teens and adults who only have minor cases of malocclusion, the misalignment of the upper and lower teeth
  • Incognito Hidden Braces

    • Ideal for teens and adults who want to straighten their teeth without affecting their social and professional lives

Features and Benefits

  • Traditional Braces

    • Pros

      • Minor Malocclusion Correction
      • Major Malocclusion Correction
      • 3D Control
      • May be left in During Eating and Drinking
      • Stain Resistant
    • Cons:

      • Not Invisible
      • No Individual Customization
  • Invisalign

    • Pros:
      •          Invisible
      •          Individual Customization
      •          Minor Malocclusion Correction
    • Cons:
      •          No Major Malocclusion Correction
      •          No 3D Control
      •          Cannot Be Left in During Eating and Drinking
      •          Not Stain Resistant
  • Incognito Braces

    • Pros:
      •         Invisible
      •         Individual Customization
      •         Minor Malocclusion Correction
      •         Major Malocclusion Correction
      •         3D Control
      •         May Be Left in During Eating and Drinking
      •         Stain Resistant
    • Cons:
      •          None

Estimated Treatment Time

  • Traditional Braces

    • 18 – 24 months
  • Invisalign

    • 6 – 24 months
  • Incognito Hidden Braces

    • 12 – 20 months
  • Incognito Lite

    • 6 – 9 months

Possible Concerns

  • Traditional Braces

    • “Metal Mouth” stigma
    • Causes lips to visibly protrude with a “mouthguard” look
  • Invisalign

    • Invisalign Causes lips to visibly protrude with a “mouthguard” look
    • Temporary discomfort in mouth
    • Temporary discomfort to the tongue
    • Must be removed while eating
    • Requires major patient cooperation
  • Incognito Braces

    • Incognito Braces
    • Temporary discomfort to the tongue

Which Braces Are Best For Me?

  • Traditional Braces

    • Traditional Braces are cost-effective, if you don’t mind having a visible set of wires and brackets blocking your smile.
  • Invisalign

    • Invisalign is a good choice for discreet treatment of less severe cases, if you lead a busy lifestyle, its interference with daily activities might not be ideal.
  • Incognito Hidden Braces

    • Incognito Hidden Braces are perfect for adults and teens seeking custom orthodontic treatment without major impact on social and personal life.


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