Invisalign is a tray-based teeth-alignment system that offers an alternative to traditional metal braces. It’s a favorite among older teens and adults who want to straighten their smiles without a gleaming metallic smile.
Many people also find Invisalign a more comfortable option as compared to the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. It takes fewer visits to the office to complete treatment.
Invisalign can treat many of the same alignment issues as traditional metal braces. Examples include:
You simply wear the trays around the clock, removing them only while eating and drinking or when performing dental hygiene routines. When you come in for periodic office visits, your dentist checks your progress and gives you the next few sets of aligner trays.
One of the biggest benefits of traditional metal braces is the fact that they’re affixed to the surface of your teeth and require little in the way of treatment compliance. Simply keep up a solid dental hygiene routine and be sure to make all scheduled appointments, and your dentist will handle the rest.
Invisalign, on the other hand, requires your active participation. The aligner trays can’t do their job if you don’t wear them as advised. Like having a new wire placed in metal braces, minor discomfort is to be expected when you shift to a new set of aligners. If there is any question about your ability to comply with treatment guidelines, metal braces might be a better fit.
During your initial consultation, your dentist will perform a quick dental assessment and discuss the pros and cons of all available treatment options. You’ll have plenty of time to ask questions and express concerns before choosing between Invisalign and traditional metal braces.
There are some alignment issues that are better addressed using metal braces. This is because special hooks and devices can be installed on metal brackets to place specific forces on your teeth, which aligners can’t do.
Dr. Ahmad and her team are here to guide you toward the option best suited for your specific set of needs. You can also discuss treatment timelines and pricing during your consultation.
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