Both Invisalign and traditional metal braces work towards giving you the same result – straight teeth and improved oral health. So what makes them different and is Invisalign as effective as metal braces?
The key to the differences between Invisalign and metal braces lies in the process of how they straighten teeth. With metal braces, brackets are glued to the enamel of each tooth. Metal wires are then placed between the brackets to help mold and shape your teeth over time.
Invisalign is just as effective as metal braces, and it gives patients the option to have braces discretely because they are made to be invisible. Invisalign uses aligner trays made of BPA-free plastic to subtly and gradually move your teeth. This type of plastic is smooth and comfortable, so wearing the trays is an easy process. Rather than using a mold, Invisalign uses a 3-D image of your teeth ensure that aligner trays have just the right fit.
Benefits of Invisalign
The following are some of the benefits of Invisalign:
Removable: One of the biggest benefits to having Invisalign as a treatment option is that the trays can be removed, allowing you to eat and drink without getting food stuck.
Appearance: The trays are clear, which can be great for adults who have been wanting to straighten their teeth for a while, but have hesitated due to the appearance of having metal braces at an older age. With Invisalign, many people may not even notice when a patient is wearing them.
Comfort: The Invisalign treatment can be a bit more comfortable than metal braces, as there are no brackets.
Treatment time: Invisalign should be worn about 22-24 hours a day for 6 to 18 months. This will also depend on the patient’s needs and if patients have more complex dental issues, metal braces may be a better option.
Cleaning: You can clean Invisalign trays with an Invisalign cleaning system, or by brushing and rinsing the trays in lukewarm water. This should be done after you eat or drink anything besides water, and at morning and night.
Invisalign is a Great Option for Teens and Adults
Each patient’s needs and preferences are unique. If the appearance of metal braces has been holding you back from a straighter smile, Invisalign could be a great option. This is especially true for teens that are perhaps self-conscious about wearing braces, or adults that need them later in life. Invisalign is also often used for adults who didn’t maintain their smile with a retainer when they had braces as a teen, or never got the chance to straighten their teeth to begin with.
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