In the last several years, Invisalign has become an increasingly popular alternative to metal braces. Why? Invisalign uses a series of clear, removable aligners, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile as you enhance your oral health.
At Boger Dental, we provide Invisalign for a number of patients each year, and our expertise has earned us the designation of Invisalign Preferred Provider.
We get questions about the pros and cons of Invisalign and traditional braces all the time. So, here are five comparisons that will help you decide if Invisalign is right for you.
The biggest difference between Invisalign and metal braces is their appearance. While metal braces are clearly visible, Invisalign is clear and, true to its name, invisible.
For many adults, Invisalign makes the thought of orthodontic work bearable. Need to give a presentation at work? Want to be taken seriously as an adult? Or simply want to be able to smile without feeling self-conscious? Invisalign is often the perfect solution.
2. Removable vs. Fixed
On a day-to-day basis, you’ll have to remove your Invisalign for eating and brushing. However, you’ll want to limit the total time that Invisalign is not worn to two hours – it must be worn for at least 22 hours per day to be successful.
3. Tooth Care
Brushing with braces can be challenging. You may need to buy special brushes and flossing aids to help you clean around your braces.
With Invisalign, simply remove your aligners, and brush and floss normally. To clean your Invisalign aligners, soak in Invisalign cleaning crystals. You should also rinse your Invisalign whenever you remove it. And remember, always brush and floss before putting your Invisalign back in – otherwise, you may trap plaque and food particles against your teeth, causing cavities down the road.
4. Average Treatment Time
For braces, you’re looking at an average treatment time of two years.
For Invisalign, this time can be as short as six to eighteen months.
During your Invisalign treatment, you’ll see your dentist every 4-6 weeks for to get new aligners. If you’ll be out of town for a few weeks, make sure to let your dentist know, and see about getting your new aligners shipped to you, or delivered to you before you leave.
Wondering how long your Invisalign treatment will last? Talk to your dentist about your specific situation.
And remember, Invisalign only works if you wear it. The more diligent you are about wearing it, the faster you’ll see results!
5. Who It’s Good For
At the end of the day, choosing the option that’s right for you depends on your unique dental situation.
If you need complex dental work done, Invisalign may not be the right choice.
However, Invisalign is often a great choice for simple orthodontic and cosmetic procedures.
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