Invisalign Vs. Braces
Invisalign is a clear alternative to conventional braces that are made of metal. According to our Los Angeles Invisalign dentist, Invisalign has soared in popularity as patients, especially adults, increasingly prefer the invisibility, convenience and other benefits of Invisalign treatment. If you are interested in enhancing your smile, read on to learn more about how Invisalign compares to metal braces.
Appearance: Invisalign Vs. Braces
Conventional metal braces are notorious for ruining the looks of wearers. With Invisalign, patients can stay confident throughout treatment because the aligners are virtually invisible.
Comfort: Invisalign Vs. Braces
The brackets and wires used for metal braces commonly cause pain and discomfort during treatment. Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, helping patients stay comfortable and avoid oral injuries.
Convenience: Invisalign Vs. Braces
Invisalign easily beats metal braces in terms of convenience. Metal brackets can break, requiring extra appointments. Food particles and bacteria accumulate around metal braces, making brushing and flossing more difficult. Invisalign is easy to remove before eating and brushing, easing oral hygiene during treatment.
Treatment time varies between patients, but Invisalign can generally correct teeth in the same or less time required for treatment with metal braces. Because no tightening is necessary with Invisalign, patients also have fewer appointments during treatment.
Metal braces are used in all age groups, but Invisalign is used primarily for adult patients because children and adolescents do not have fully developed jaws. In some cases, our dentist also uses a combination of treatments that may include Invisalign. However, only a personal consultation with our dentist can determine for sure whether you may be a candidate.
If you will be receiving Invisalign treatment from our dentist, your treatment plan will be devised from analyses of computer images and dental impressions. In some cases, patients can also view a preview of how their teeth will look after Invisalign treatment. After treatment is complete, patients often enjoy more confidence and better oral functioning.