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Invisalign® vs Braces: What Are Some Differences?

woman smiling with gleaming teethPerhaps you’re ready to do something about your gapped or misaligned teeth. You may be wondering though whether to choose braces or Invisalign. While both treatment options do an effective job, there are some key differences between the types to be aware of.

Appearance

Because Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, most people won’t notice you’re wearing them. They are much more aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.

Removability

One of the best features of Invisalign is it’s removable. That means you can eat whatever you wish. That’s not the case with traditional braces as food particles can get stuck in the brackets. Brushing and flossing are easy too so maintaining your oral hygiene is simple.

Comfort

While fixed metal braces require regular adjustment, typically every 6-8 weeks, you can experience signficant discomfort while wearing them. Invisalign aligners are smooth and are considered to be more comfortable to wear.

Effectiveness

Invisalign can correct a broad array of issues. These include crowded, crooked or gapped teeth. Overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite also can be addressed with Invisalign.

Dr Meheransh will provide an overall assessment on your current requirements. Should you require further treatment he will refer you to key specialists in Orthodontics for further consultation around braces.

How Invisalign Straightens Teeth

We will install little buttons or attachments onto your teeth to ensure your aligners move your teeth in the correct manner. You’ll then simply wear the aligners which put pressure on different teeth in various ways. The aligners will be changed every 1-2 weeks. Your teeth will gradually move sequentially over a period of time. Treatment periods can be as little as 6 weeks!

If you have additional questions about Invisalign or are ready to get started, contact us today!

*Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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