Since braces are often implemented at an early age, the thought of getting braces as an adult can cause some people to cringe. Invisalign ® provides a subtle solution that actually works with a comprehensive treatment plan that keeps you on the path to a healthy smile.
What is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® uses custom-shaped aligners made from a polyurethane resin to help straighten your teeth. These aligners are worn daily for 20-22 hours; they need to be taken out before eating and cleaned regularly. Every two weeks you’ll receive a new aligner with a slightly altered shape. When you’ve finished your alignment plan, Invisalign’s Vivera ® retainers will be worn to keep your newly straighten teeth in place.
Invisalign ® vs Braces
Braces and Invisalign ® are very different procedures. Here are some advantages of using Invisalign instead of braces:
Pros: Minimal discomfort, invisible aligners look discreet, aligners can be removed to eat and clean, no food restrictions, up to 50% faster with AcceleDent.
Cons: Patient compliance is essential to optimal results. Invisalign is not recommended for severve cases.
On the other hand, here are a few things to remember about traditional Braces:
Traditional Metal Braces
When people hear the word braces, this is the kind they most often picture in their head. Today’s modern brackets are much smaller and less noticeable than the “metal-mouth” braces that were commonly seen in the past.
Pros: Least expensive type, allow kids to be creative in choosing different colored bands
Cons: Most noticeable type of braces
Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces. The only difference is they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth instead of bright vibrant colors. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less obvious.
Pros: Less noticeable than traditional braces, moves teeth much faster than plastic aligners like Invisalign
Cons: More expensive than the traditional kind, brackets can easily stain if proper care is not taken
What is the right choice for you?
Each Invisalign® product is designed to be used by every kind of patient. They carry no side effects and are completely safe to use. Each set of aligners is carefully crafted keeping the patient’s teeth in mind to provide uniquely customized service. Ultimately, in choosing the right orthodontic method, it comes down to personal choice, budget, and, your dentists’ professional opinion.
For more than 30 years, Princeton Center for Dental Aesthetics and Implants has been providing high-quality dental care in the central New Jersey area. Call 609-924-1414 to learn more about how Invisalign ® can give you a beautiful smile.