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Differences between Braces and Invisalign

Differences between Braces and InvisalignFor the past several years now, patients needing orthodontic work have had a choice to make between traditional metal braces and Invisalign. Braces are comprised of metal brackets and wires, while Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligner trays. Invisalign is made of a clear plastic, making them nearly invisible to an outside observer while you are wearing them. Other than visibility, what are some other differences between braces and Invisalign?

One of the biggest differences between the two is their accessibility. Invisalign is removable, while braces require the placement of metal brackets and wires that are permanently placed into your mouth. Since Invisalign is removable, those wearing the aligners do not have any restrictions on what they can eat. In fact, the aligners are removed each time before eating. With braces, hard and sticky foods need to be avoided to prevent damage to the braces. Another aspect with Invisalign aligners is that each aligner tray is replaced every two weeks, as each aligner tray is designed to incrementally move your teeth into the desired position.

Determining between braces or Invisalign depends on the case of orthodontic work that needs to be performed. For example, some patients may not qualify for treatment with Invisalign. If you need to rotate your canines or premolars, or if you need to move teeth vertically, then you may not qualify for Invisalign treatment. Invisalign may also not work for anyone who has had any bridgework done. Conventional braces actually give the dentist more freedom for moving your teeth. Also, Invisalign aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Failure to stay disciplined with this aspect of your Invisalign treatment can pose issues with the effectiveness of your treatment at the end.

If you are wondering whether braces or Invisalign are the right choice for you, contact our Invisalign dentist in West Hollywood to set up a consultation.


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