How Invisalign® is Different than Braces

Your smile is unique, but if your teeth are crooked (a condition known as malocclusion) and you wish to correct them, then you are not alone. If that wish is a bit tempered by the prospect of wearing metal braces, then you are also not alone. Fortunately, you may be able to achieve the straighter, more attractive smile you deserve while still avoiding traditional braces with our advanced Invisalign® system. Consisting of invisible aligners rather than conventional brackets and wires, Invisalign® can change the way you look at the idea of straightening crooked teeth.

How Invisalign® Works

The purpose of the brackets and wires that make up conventional braces is to gently move misaligned teeth into more desirable positions. The brackets are attached to your teeth, and the arch wires that thread through them are periodically tightened to maintain continuous pressure. By contrast, Invisalign® involves a series of nearly-invisible plastic aligners. The aligners gradually guide your teeth through phases of movement as they are changed every couple of weeks.

The Advantages of Invisalign® Aligners

Motivation

Though crooked teeth can seriously affect your bite’s function, the more common motivation for straightening crooked teeth is appearance. Unfortunately, that same desire can also be the reason why adults choose not to straighten their teeth with braces. With Invisalign®, the discreet aligners can motivate you to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health when braces might otherwise cause you to hesitate.

Appearance

On the subject of appearance, one of the main benefits of Invisalign® aligners is that they are virtually invisible when in place. The aligners are custom-designed to fit snugly over your teeth, and the clear acrylic allows the aligners to remain discreet while you are wearing them.

Hygiene

One of the more important benefits of Invisalign® aligners is that they can be removed. Unlike with braces, you can remove your aligners before brushing and flossing your teeth to eliminate the difficulty of having to clean around braces. You can also remove the aligners before you eat to avoid the threat of food and plaque being caught between your brackets and wires.