Clear Advantages Offered by Invisalign

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Are you weighing the pros and cons of braces vs. Invisalign for straightening teeth, addressing an overbite or gapped smile? Like most people, you’re probably wondering which treatment is more effective and affordable.  Both systems are designed to correct misaligned teeth and improve oral health, but Invisalign – introduced in 2000 – offers some clear advantages for both adult and teenage patients who want minimal interference with their daily lives.

Metal braces

Traditional dental braces – whether metal or ceramic – have brackets and wires that are permanently affixed to the teeth for a set period of time. The average patient needs to wear metal braces for 24 months to achieve optimum results.  While braces are reserved for more complicated issues like rotating teeth and shifting the jaw line, they are not esthetically pleasing and can cause serious discomfort when tightened, as well as cuts along the gums and cheeks. When wearing braces, there is a long list of foods that are off-limits (particularly sticky and hard foods), as they can get stuck in the brackets, or even damage them. When food is trapped in and around the metal wires, patients have to adopt a more tedious oral hygiene regime after every snack and meal.

Invisalign clear aligners

The Invisalign system uses clear plastic aligners or trays that are custom-made for your teeth. Just like a retainer, these aligners are removable – a key benefit to the system! This means there are ZERO restrictions on foods, as you simply pop the trays out during meal times. The trays must be worn at least 22 hours a day, and treatment time can take anywhere from 6 months to 18 months, depending on the corrections needed.

One of the biggest advantages of Invisalign compared to braces is that the aligners are practically invisible, meaning your friends, family and colleagues will notice you and not your braces when you talk, smile and laugh. Another perk cited by teen and adult patients is the comfort factor. There are no prickly metal wires or tight brackets causing soreness. And, because the trays are removable, you can even take them out for special social occasions, like holiday parties and get-togethers.

Besides comfort, aesthetics and convenience, you’re probably wondering how well Invisalign actually works. Many cosmetic dentists and orthodontists prefer Invisalign for a broad range of orthodontic problems, from straightening crooked teeth, addressing bite issues and correcting crowded teeth and spacing problems. Invisalign is also great for individuals who had metal braces in the past, but experienced a relapse because they didn’t wear their retainers.

Invisible teeth straightening benefits

In most situations, the cost of Invisalign is similar to braces, and in some cases, insurance may cover a portion of the treatment.  When you compare braces and Invisalign, you’ll notice that this invisible teeth straightening system is not only more convenient and comfortable, it promises exceptionally beautiful results without bothersome restrictions.

Dr. David Blaustein at Chelsea Dental Aesthetics offers both Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in his midtown Manhattan office. Call our office today and schedule a consultation for your smile makeover!

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