If you have considered straightening your smile with orthodontic care, you have probably come across traditional metal braces in your research. However, Invisalign, the clear answer to traditional braces, is also available for a more discreet orthodontic treatment. Comparing these two options may bring up questions as to whether Invisalign works as well as tried-and-true traditional braces. Find out with Dr. Anthony Vitale and Dr. Jin Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
- Appearance: The most noticeable difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is Invisalign’s lack of metal components. Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to move the teeth while Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligner trays. These trays are mostly unnoticeable at first glance and are completely removable, making everyday tasks like eating or brushing less difficult.
- Caring For Your Braces: Traditional braces require several extra steps in your oral care routine. Special threading flossers help floss underneath the brackets and wires and a water pick can help remove any debris or food particles lodged in or between the teeth. Invisalign simply requires that patients remove their trays, brush and floss normally, then rinse and reinsert the tray afterward.
- Easy to Wear: Traditional braces’ wires are notorious for being sharp and potentially damaging the inside of the mouth. Invisalign’s trays are made from comfortable, flexible yet sturdy plastic which are custom-designed to fit precisely inside the patient’s mouth based on an impression of their mouth.
Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?
In short, the answer is yes. Invisalign effectively and safely corrects the same problems as traditional braces. In some complex cases, traditional braces may provide faster or better results than Invisalign though Invisalign can treat most orthodontic issues. All in all, for most patients, Invisalign and traditional braces will provide similar, adequate results.
Patients in Old Bridge should wear Invisalign at least 22 hours a day. Wearing the trays the proper amount of time is directly related to your final result. This means that failing to follow your treatment plan to the letter may result in lengthened treatment times or unsatisfactory results.
For more information on Invisalign, please contact Dr. Vitale and Dr. Yoo at Personal Choice Dental in Old Bridge, NJ. Call (732) 727-1211 to schedule your consultation for Invisalign today!