Invisalign is a brand of clear, removable aligners used as an alternative to traditional braces to straighten teeth and correct dental malocclusions (misaligned bite). The treatment involves using a series of custom-made aligners that are worn over the teeth and gradually move them into the desired position.
The aligners are made of a special thermoplastic material that is virtually invisible and comfortable to wear. Unlike traditional braces, there are no wires or brackets to adjust, and the aligners can be easily removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Treatment time varies depending on the severity of the dental issues and can take anywhere from a few months to a few years.
Invisalign and traditional braces are both orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth and correct a patient’s bite, but there are several differences between the two options:
Appearance: Invisalign aligners are made of a clear plastic material and are virtually invisible, while braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets and wires that are noticeable in the mouth.
Comfort: Invisalign aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, while braces may cause discomfort or irritation in the mouth due to the brackets and wires.
Maintenance: Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easier to brush and floss teeth, while braces require special tools and techniques to clean effectively.
Ultimately, the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces depends on a patient’s specific dental needs and preferences. Come see us for a consultation and we will recommend the most appropriate treatment option.