Misalignment can mean a greater risk of several common oral health concerns, as well as a negative impact on your smile’s appearance. In order to correct misalignment, you need to undergo orthodontic treatment. In the past, this meant receiving braces, but now we can offer a unique alternative. What are the differences between Invisalign and braces?
The Differences Between Invisalign and Braces
Question: How do metal braces work?
Answer: First, metal brackets will be attached to the front facing side of the teeth. Next, an arch wire will be connected to the brackets. Over the course of treatment, the dentist or orthodontist will then adjust the tension to gradually move the teeth in optimal positions.
Question: How does Invisalign work?
Answer: With Invisalign, there are no metal brackets or wires of any kind. Instead, detailed digital impressions will be taken and used to create a series of custom-made aligners. Made using a clear and BPA-free plastic, the aligners are worn daily and the patient upgrades to a new set about once every two weeks. Over time, the smile is gently corrected.
Question: Can I remove the aligners?
Answer: Yes! You can remove the aligners before you eat, which means you won’t have to change how you eat or avoid certain foods, as patients with braces often do. In addition, caring for your smile is much easier as you can simply remove the aligners instead of trying to maneuver around metal braces.
Question: How long does treatment last?
Answer: For Invisalign, treatment typically lasts between a year and 18 months. Braces may require up to two and a half years to see optimal results. If you have any questions about our clear plastic aligners, then contact our team today. We can help you achieve a straighter and heather smile without the use of metal orthodontics!
Do You Have An Uneven Smile?
We can use clear aligners to help you enjoy a straighter smile. For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.