At first glance, Invisalign® and traditional metal braces seem similar — for about the same cost, they both provide you with a stunning smile. However, a closer inspection reveals several key differences that most Invisalign dentists would call significant benefits. Continue reading to learn how Invisalign compares to traditional braces.
Unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to eat all of the same foods. When it comes time to eat, just pop out your Invisalign aligners and eat whatever you want. Patients with traditional metal braces have to avoid foods that are sticky and/or hard to chew. Otherwise, they could damage their wires or brackets by accident. Patients who wear Invisalign braces don’t have this problem. Just make sure you brush your teeth after eating so you don’t stain your clear aligners.
Made from clear, smooth plastic fitted specifically to your mouth, Invisalign aligners fit comfortably on your teeth without anyone else having to notice. Traditional braces use clunky metal wires that not only cover your teeth, but also irritate your cheeks and gums.
The Invisalign process involves a series of clear, comfortable, plastic trays made specifically for your teeth by our dentist. Using impressions, digital photos, and digital x-rays, each tray is custom-made for you. Following the precise movements planned out by our dentist, each new tray gradually shifts your teeth into their correct place.
Just wear a new tray every two weeks and let Invisalign take care of the rest. With Invisalign braces, you can improve your mouth’s appearance, function, and bite.
Average treatment takes about 12 to 18 months, using anywhere between 18 and 30 Invisalign aligners, depending on the shape and structure of your teeth. Our dentist will check in with you periodically to make sure the treatment progresses as planned. Check out our other blog post to learn about the different types of cosmetic dentistry besides Invisalign.
Metal braces make it difficult to brush and floss all the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss your teeth normally. Your dental health will be better, and your smile will be more beautiful. Discuss the pros and cons of each option with our Invisalign dentist in order to make the best decision. For example, a con of traditional metal braces is that you have to clean around wires and brackets.
Metal braces make it easier for plaque to accumulate, increasing your risk of cavities and gum disease. Since Invisalign is removable, it’ll be easier to maintain a healthy oral hygiene routine.
Invisalign are nearly invisible aligners. This means that you’ll be able to discreetly straighten teeth without anyone having to know! Many of our adult patients appreciate not having metal on their teeth. This is why we often recommend Invisalign braces. Still not convinced that Invisalign is right for you? Check out our blog post to learn how cosmetic dentistry improves quality of life.