The Invisalign Advantages Over Traditional Braces

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When choosing an orthodontics option for straitening your teeth, it’s important to consider what works best for not only your appearance, but your lifestyle as well.

 The Invisalign Advantages over Traditional Braces

INVISALIGN

BRACES

Effectively treats a wide variety of cases, including crowding, spacing, crossbite, overbite and underbite. X X
Straightens your teeth X X
Average cost is about $5,000 X X
Allows you to eat whatever foods you enjoy X
Lets you remove the device when you want X
Lets you enjoy virtually invisible teeth-straightening X
Allows you to brush and floss your teeth normally for better periodontal health X
Consists of smooth, comfortable plastic instead of sharp metal that is more likely to irritate your cheeks and gums X
Frees up your busy schedule, with office visits only every four to six weeks X
Invisalign Teen: Provides up to six free replacement aligners if lost or broken.** X

 

Braces VS Invisalign Comparison Chart

 Braces (irremovable)  

      vs

  Invisalign (removable)  

Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color Color Clear/invisible
24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs Treatment time 22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
$1,800-$5,500 Cost Average of $5,000
Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful. Maintenance Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water
About every month Follow up visits Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night Follow up to treatment Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
  • More effective for more complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self discipline is needed for success
  • No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing
Pros
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • May have difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
Cons
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining
Patients playing rough contact sports regularly NOT ideal for

Patients with:

  • bridgework
  • back tooth bite issues
  • the need to rotate canines or premolars
  • the need to move teeth vertically
  • lack of discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily

To schedule your Invisalign consultation with Dr. Smiles in her NYC dental offices, please call 646-781-8153 or fill out the contact form for your no-obligation consultation today.

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