How Does Invisalign® Compare to Braces?

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holding an InvisalignInvisalign® is an excellent option for adults who are finally ready to straighten their teeth but are unwilling to wear traditional metal braces due to their appearance or physical feel. 

Metal braces have been used for decades to straighten teeth, but they also have downsides. There are several problems associated with them, including the following: 

  • Uncomfortable 
  • Likely to cut gums and lips 
  • Difficult to floss between
  • Unattractive  

Does Invisalign® work just as effectively as braces? That depends. It's all about your mouth, really. 

When teeth are gapped or misaligned, Invisalign® can straighten them quickly and discreetly. For those with more complex dental problems, Invisalign® may not be recommended. You may need traditional braces to restore your smile and confidence.

 You should consult with an orthodontist before deciding whether Invisalign® is suitable for you.

How does Invisalign® treat teeth?

Having gaps between your teeth can cause poor dental health, while an overbite can cause chronic pain and even gum disease. By using Invisalign® and working with an experienced orthodontist can correct these problems and others.

 Invisalign® can correct problems such as open bites, crowding, crossbite, and underbites. You should consult a physician for more information about the right treatment for you since every patient is different.

Invisalign®: How Does It Work?

The Invisalign® system makes it possible to straighten teeth and achieve a beautiful smile without traditional metal braces. Known as "invisible aligners," this modern treatment uses custom-molded clear trays to straighten the teeth and improve smiles. 

 They must be:

  • Worn for 22 hours every day. 
  • Removed when eating or brushing teeth. (You can clean them during this time.) 
  • Always worn at the right time, or the desired outcomes won't be achieved.

What Makes Invisalign® Different From Traditional Braces?

Invisalign and traditional braces differ principally in their visibility. Invisalign clear aligners are made of a clear plastic that is barely visible, which can be removed during meal times to look more like normal teeth. If a consumer is afraid of being judged for wearing traditional braces, the Invisalign system can make things easier for him or her. Invisalign does not have to be worn for a set period of time either, so it is more flexible. The aligner can be worn as long as it takes and removed as needed, which is helpful for adults who do not want to wear traditional braces during work or other high-profile social events. 

How Do I Choose the Right Treatment?

Are you thinking of fixing your smile with Invisalign? If so, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with Frank R. DePaola, DDS if you want to discuss your bite or smile. You can do this by calling (201) 792-9400. Feel free to contact him if you need assistance.