Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners, which look similar to a mouthguard or retainer, to gently shift the position of your teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for at least 20-22+ hours a day, and every few weeks you’ll switch to a new set as you progress through your treatment.
Invisalign has a number of benefits, and one of the most notable features of this unique orthodontic treatment is the discrete, nearly invisible aligners. Invisalign can also be removed to eat, brush, and floss, so patients won’t need to deal with dietary restrictions throughout the process. Want to discuss Invisalign with an expert? Contact us today for a consultation!
Metal braces are a highly versatile method of orthodontic correction, and they can correct a wide range of issues including problems with jaw position, bite, and severely crooked teeth.
Using a wire and bracket system, pressure is exerted on the teeth to move them towards the proper position over time. Due to their flexibility and versatility, metal braces are usually recommended for more serious orthodontic cases.
If your orthodontic needs are minor to moderate, and you are interested in a more discreet treatment, Invisalign may be right for you. While Invisalign does have a number of great benefits, it's usually reserved for patients with cosmetic orthodontic issues.
In contrast, metal braces may be appropriate for you if you have a number of more severe orthodontic issues. Overall, they are more powerful and flexible, and can be used alongside other treatments like dental surgeries to correct even the most difficult orthodontic cases, like a malpositioned jaw or improper bite.
The clear, plastic aligners of the Invisalign system are nearly invisible to the naked eye. A common tell of Invisalign is that speech can be affected until the wearer gets used to the aligners, but it usually only takes about a week to acclimate to the device. This means that no one will need to know that you’re straightening your teeth, unless you want them to!
However, it’s important to care for your aligners in order to keep them clear. Drinking any beverage beside water while wearing your aligners can stain them, especially coffee, tea and wine. You should also clean your aligners every night to prevent them from becoming stained or yellowed.