Do You Need Invisalign Or Braces?

Dec 31st, 2015 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

hilltopinvisalignWith the New Year just a day away, you’re probably working on your resolutions. What do you want to change about yourself in the coming months? What about your smile? If you have uneven teeth then you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Which type will best suite your needs? Do you need Invisalign or braces?


Invisalign is often sought after because this orthodontic system offers treatment while remaining practically invisible. Instead of metal orthodontics, patients wear a series of clear plastic aligners, switching to a new set about once every two weeks. Worn all day, between 20 and 23 hours, they aligners move the teeth to their proper positions, correcting misalignment in about a year (for adult patients) to 18 months (typically teen patients). The aligners can be removed before meals or before brushing and flossing your teeth, which means you won’t have to change how you eat and you can enjoy improved oral hygiene during treatment. Patients also require fewer office visits when compared to braces.


Braces consist of metal brackets placed onto the front of the teeth. The brackets are then connected with an arch wire. The dentist or orthodontist then adjusts the tension to move the teeth. Treatment takes between a year-and-a-half and two years and is often recommended to address very serious cases of misalignment.

Which One Works Best For Your Smile?

That depends on the level of misalignment. We offer Invisalign for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues. We will examine your teeth and jaw to assess the cause and severity of your misalignment. From there, we will decide what treatment is necessary to improve the alignment of your teeth. If you have any questions about Invisalign then please don’t hesitate to contact our office today.


Dr. Stefan Moiceanu is a highly skilled general and cosmetic dentist who proudly serves patients of all ages from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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