Invisalign is one of the newest generation of braces (that said, they are still more than 20 years old at this point!). Invisalign differs from more traditional braces in that Invisalign is completely invisible! Invisalign uses clear “aligners,” which can be removed.
However, this is not the only thing that separates Invisalign from other braces.
Depending on the nature of the work that your teeth need, Invisalign can also correct issues in a faster amount of time than traditional braces.
Which Is The Right Choice For You?
First and foremost, there are some definite advantages to Invisalign that could potentially point you in their direction. First, they are invisible, which makes them much more subtle.
If you don’t like the look of metal brackets, wires, and so on, Invisalign is the much more aesthetic option.
Invisalign also tends to correct issues in a faster amount of time. In most cases, the time frame is somewhere between 6 months and a year.
However, given that Invisalign uses removable aligners, the effectiveness of the treatment also relies on you. If you don’t think you will have difficulties with the removable aligners, Invisalign could be for you (this may be the case for younger patients).
Ultimately, however, your dentist or orthodontist will the one to determine what is the more appropriate choice given the potential complexities of your teeth problem. Traditional braces may be necessary for more complex issues.
Invisalign is capable of correcting both mild and relatively complex issues from gapped teeth to overbites and crossbites, but there may be instances where traditional braces are the better option. A consultation with your dentist will determine what is the best option for you.
Most patients tend to gravitate toward Invisalign over traditional braces due to aesthetic reasons and the fact that Invisalign is invisible. The treatment period tends to be shorter as well.
If compliance with the removable aligners is an issue, however, which could be the case with a younger patient, the orthodontist may recommend traditional braces instead.
Lastly, while Invisalign can correct both simple and relatively complex issues, if the problem is particularly complex, traditional braces could be the better option. A consultation with your orthodontist will be able to determine what option is best for you.
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