Since the early 2000s, most orthodontic patients have the option between traditional braces or Invisalign. Braces are the tried and tested method for straightening teeth, and they use metal brackets and wires to reposition teeth. Invisalign is a more modern solution to teeth misalignments, and it straightens teeth by using clear, plastic trays. After the orthodontist takes pictures, x-rays and impressions of your mouth, they use a 3D model to configure the appropriate aligner that will gently move teeth. Invisalign was designed to be invisible, and Invisalign patients can reposition their teeth using clear aligners.
Check with your local
orthodontist to see if you qualify for Invisalign treatment. Patients that need extensive bridgework, tooth rotation, or jaw shifting may not qualify for Invisalign. Invisalign offers patients more freedom because the aligners are removable, but they must be left in for at least 22 hours per day. Younger patients that may not be responsible for rinsing and reinserting their aligners after each meal may prefer fixed brackets. For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, schedule a free consultation with The Smile Specialists.
The dream team at The Smile Specialists is committed to helping Pennsylvania families receive quality orthodontic care. Our offices are equipped with the latest technology and a friendly team of experienced professionals that take pride in their service and care. Both Dr. McSurdy is an active member of the American Dental Association, and they have helped thousands of patients improve their self-confidence through various orthodontic services. Dr. Mcsurdy is an elite provider of Invisalign, and they will inform you if you qualify during the first visit. Schedule your first, obligation-free consultation by calling 610-489-6032.
Is Invisalign Better than Braces?
When considering whether to opt for braces or Invisalign, remember that Invisalign aligners are removable. Patients should remove them before every meal, and after the meal they should brush their teeth and reinsert the aligner. Invisalign is ideal for those who don’t want food catching in brackets, or for those who don’t want the same dietary restrictions as those who wear braces. For instance, patients with braces should avoid sticky and hard foods such as caramel, popcorn kernels, and taffy. Patients with Invisalign have no difficulty eating, and the clear retainers don’t irritate the insides of the lips. While Invisalign is ideal for those who want less hassle while eating, patients are required to keep the aligners in for an average of 22 hours per day.
Patients who are prone to losing aligners may prefer fixed brackets. At the beginning of any treatment, there is an adjustment period that may cause minor discomfort. Patients with braces don’t have the choice of removing them when their teeth get sore. Children, teenagers, and patients with low self-discipline may inadvertently extend the duration of their treatments by removing their aligners too often.
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