Invisalign vs. Braces
Oftentimes, we get a lot of questions about pros and cons to Invisalign vs. traditional braces. Nowadays, adults prefer to have Invisalign, or clear aligners, so they don’t show in photos or while talking to someone. However, if you choose Invisalign, you must be very compliant in order to achieve the best results.
Most of us are familiar with traditional braces. We see kids with braces all the time. The metal brackets and wires and little bands that tie around them that they can choose the color for. Some kids can’t wait to get braces while others dread it. The reality is that braces are the best option for some people and what we may recommend. If someone has a bite issue or a lot of crowding or significant spacing, braces are the best option for the best result possible. We see a lot of adults that have had braces as a child, but didn’t wear their retainers and now their teeth have shifted back.
Also known as clear braces, Invisalign is a series of clear trays that are used to straighten the teeth. The trays are switched out every 2 weeks to slowly move the teeth into place like braces would. It is super important that the trays are worn for 22 hours a day and are only taken out while eating or drinking something other than water. This can be a challenge if you are big “snacker” or “sipper”. Some people are excited for their new diet that may come along with the trays. Not wearing the trays for the recommended 22 hours a day can delay treatment time. This means you will be in each set of trays longer which will push back your projected time in the trays. Invisalign is a great option for adults whose teeth have relapsed since childhood braces or have always had some tooth positioning that has bothered them that they want corrected.
If you are interested in Invisalign, the first step is to set up a complimentary consultation with us. At this visit, we will do some measurements of your teeth and bite, take photos and determine if you are a good candidate for clear aligners. We will then send your records to Invisalign and wait for them to send us your treatment plan with projected treatment time in the aligners. They also send a really cool video that shows your teeth moving and what your final result will look like.
Call us today at 614.799.5576 to schedule a consultation to get that straight smile you’ve always dreamed of!