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Regular Braces versus Invisalign Clear Braces

regular braces versus InvisalignDid you know that overcrowded, spaced out, or crooked teeth can actually be a health issue? Beyond that, having an uneven smile degrades your self-image and makes you look older. Every year, these medical and cosmetic issues lead thousands of people in NYC to consider braces. Some choose to go with traditional metal braces to straighten their smiles, but others make the choice to use Invisalign.

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign uses removable, clear plastic trays to straighten teeth. These trays, called aligners, are custom made for each patient out of clear medical-grade plastic. Throughout the straightening process, each patient will wear a specific aligner for two weeks and then progressively move on to the next aligner. Each aligner gently moves the teeth closer and closer to the end result.

Invisalign offers more flexibility than traditional braces, too. NYC patients are instructed to wear the Invisalign aligners at least 20 hours per day, but they are free to take them out whenever they want. They can eat and drink whatever they want. Plus, the aligners can be removed to make way for proper brushing and flossing of the teeth.

The aligners are smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible on your teeth. What a change from the “metal mouth” of traditional braces! There’s no need to feel embarrassed about your treatment because nobody knows you’re using braces.

Teeth straightening with Invisalign takes the same amount of time as regular braces and it costs about the same, too. But, with Invisalign you get a more comfortable, more flexible, and more visually appealing way to straighten your smile.

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