If you’re interested in a straighter smile in Rochelle Park, NJ, Invisalign is a fantastic alternative to braces. But what’s the difference between getting braces and Invisalign? The team at Rochelle Dental will explain everything you need to know about both treatments, how they differ, and whether or not Invisalign may be right for you. Let’s get into it.
Understanding How Metal Braces Work
Metal braces use a series of metal bands, brackets, wires, and elastics that are attached to your teeth. Braces put pressure on your teeth. Over time, this moves them into a healthier position, straightening out your smile and improving your bite.
Braces are really versatile and effective, and they're often the default option for orthodontic treatment in teens and adults. But they're not the only option. Invisalign is a fantastic alternative for many patients.
Understanding How Invisalign Works
Invisalign uses the same basic principles as braces do. Over time, gentle pressure moves your teeth, and improves your bite and the alignment of your teeth. But instead of metal brackets, bands, and wires, it uses clear plastic “aligners” or “trays.”
These look sort of like a retainer, or a mouth guard for teeth grinding. They are made of thin, durable plastic. This plastic puts pressure on your teeth and moves them toward the appropriate position. Each set of aligners is usually worn for 20-22 hours per day for about two weeks.
Then, you’ll switch to a new set of aligners. You also will visit a dentist about every six weeks for a quick checkup, and to get your next several sets of aligners. This same process will repeat until your treatment is over, which usually takes about a year.
The Benefits Of Choosing Invisalign
So, why bother getting Invisalign instead of metal braces? There are a lot of advantages to choosing Invisalign treatment rather than traditional braces. Here are just a few of them:
- Invisible when worn – Invisalign is totally invisible when you wear your aligners. It doesn’t affect your speech or appearance, so nobody has to know about your orthodontic treatment unless you want them to know. In contrast, braces are much more visible, and many patients prefer to avoid wearing them.
- Removable for hygiene and eating – You can remove Invisalign to brush and floss, which makes it easier to keep your teeth healthy. You can also remove your aligners to eat, so there are no dietary restrictions, unlike with braces.
- Enhanced comfort – Braces can be pointy and sharp, and cause irritation or even sores in your mouth. In general, Invisalign is more comfortable. The smooth plastic aligners won’t irritate or poke your tongue, cheeks, or other oral tissue.
- Faster treatment time – Invisalign usually takes about a year for most patients, while braces usually require at least 12-18 months. So if you choose Invisalign, you may be able to get faster results in addition to all of the above benefits.
Am I A Good Candidate For Invisalign Treatment?
Most people with minor-to-moderate orthodontic problems are good candidates for Invisalign. It’s very versatile, and can treat crooked teeth, bite issues, and much more. Chances are, you’re a good candidate!
However, severe orthodontic problems may disqualify you from Invisalign treatment. Traditional braces are more suited for complex cases, especially when combined with other orthodontic treatments and surgeries.
Schedule An Orthodontic Consultation Today And Learn More
Dr. Lo is an experienced and certified Invisalign provider. If you’re interested in brace-free orthodontics in Rochelle Park, our team is here to help. Contact us online or give us a call at (201) 843-7474 to schedule a consultation today, and see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign treatment.