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which would be better: invisalign or incognito braces?

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Neither: If you are looking for the best, conventional braces are the very best. That is not to say that in the right doctors hands that excellent treatment cannot be done with either of the types mentioned. But, invisalign is crippled by the physics of tooth movement, and incognito is very hard to master for difficult cases. If you must, go with what your orthodontist is best at.
Dr. Peter Flaherty
Specializes in Cosmetic Dentistry
Invisalign: In my experience invisalign is a much more patient friendly treatment option. While both systems work well for adults, invisalign allows for removal of aligners to eat, brush & floss, important meetings, dates, etc.. The lingual braces are not removable by the patient and are situated directly in the tongue's space which can be very annoying/painful. I would prefer invisalign if it were me.
Dr. Gary Chapman
Orthodontics 35 years experience
Neither: You and your orthodontist's choice of appliance should be based upon your needs and his experience. Both of these appliances in the proper hands will perform well. Lingual braces are quite irritating to the tongue, aligners can be removed to brush and floss as without braces. It is generally considered that fixed appliances are superior to removable aligners, especially for difficult cases.
Dr. David Duguid
Dentistry 29 years experience
It Depends on You: You are going to get a lot of varying opinions from dentists/orthodontists. The choice you need to make is not which is best, in the right hands both options are excellent. You'll hear many different opinions but in reality it comes down to will you wear your aligners 22+ hours a day consistently. If not, are you willing to take lots of time to correctly clean your teeth with fixed ortho.
Dr. S. jay Bowman
Orthodontics 36 years experience
Maybe Either: Clear aligners, clear braces, or lingual "invisible" braces may be options. The only way to determine what method is applicable is by getting an opinion from an orthodontic specialist to evaluate your specific situation and the pros and cons of the different options.
Dr. Tarek Hamid
Dentistry 9 years experience
Depends: It really depends on the condition of you teeth and how crowded they are. Invisalign is good in mild to moderate cases. Where full braces are recommended in more complicated cases.To achieve the best results.
Dr. Hilary Baskin
Orthodontics 28 years experience
Invisalign: there are a host of issues with incognito including impacted speech and overall treatment results. We will not treat using incognito
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Braces: Problem dependent, but braces give you more bang for your buck. Just make sure you're seeing a qualified Orthodontic Specialist.
Dr. Randall Shaw
Orthodontics 37 years experience
Depends on you!: If your problem can be treated with either, then it comes down to your desire. Braces will be on your teeth all the time, no need to take them out or put them in... Invisalign needs to be removed for eating, although it is essential that you wear them enough. Long story short, with Invisalign you do more of the work.

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