For patients with overcrowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth, a straight, radiant smile instills confidence. But the traditional solution—metal and wire braces—can be uncomfortable, unsightly, and inconvenient.
For years, the possibility of traditional wire braces was a cause of unbelievable anxiety in teenagers, who didn’t want to feel uncomfortable or awkward. Even worse, many adults whose misaligned teeth needed to be fixed denied themselves the dental care they deserved because wire braces felt socially unacceptable. What upwardly-mobile professional wants to have metal braces? It may not seem fair, but most adults would rather put off necessary teeth alignment because of the uncertainty and stress caused by traditional metal and wire braces.
However, one name became a gamechanger for those who wanted an option over traditional braces: Invisalign. Over the past 20 years, Invisalign has emerged as the world leader in clear aligner technology. Invisalign’s research gives more predictable results with greater control. No other aligner solution can match the efficiency or effectiveness of Invisalign.The unique, custom-made clear aligners allow you to keep smiling straight through your treatment. No food restrictions. No social awkwardness. No hindrances to your career.
Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to enhance your smile and straighten your teeth. But there are many differences between the two, and Invisalign provides a variety of benefits metal and wire braces cannot.
Dr. Alexie Aguil of Exquisite Dentistry is often asked about the differences between Invisalign versus braces. As one of the leading providers of Invisalign in the country, he’s uniquely qualified to explain the distinctions between the two options. If you’re considering Invisalign, here are a few issues to consider when making your choice.
What Is Invisalign?
It’s hard to judge the differences of Invisalign versus braces until you know why Invisalign is so revolutionary. The Invisalign process begins by having your teeth digitally mapped by our advanced iTero scanner. In minutes, we can show you the predictive outcome of your Invisalign treatment. Yes, that’s right . . . on your first visit to Exquisite Dentistry, you’ll have an opportunity to see how your teeth will look after Invisalign.
Dr. Aguil will take these precise scans of your teeth and create clear plastic aligners to place on your upper and lower teeth. These trays will gently begin to shift your teeth in the right direction. Over time, you’ll receive new trays that will further guide your teeth until they’ve reached their proper placement. The process is simple, painless, and extremely effective.
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Comparing Invisalign Versus Traditional Braces
How does Invisalign stack up with old-school metal and wire braces? Consider these five different ways that the battle of Invisalign versus braces isn’t even close.
1. Superior Design
When fitted with traditional braces, you’ll have metal brackets glued to your teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist will then tie those brackets together using metal wires and small rubber bands. Brackets are often customizable—so you can try to match your enamel color or choose a bright color to purposely make them stand out when you smile.
Invisalign is ideal for patients who want their treatment to be more discreet. As the name suggests, Invisalign is difficult to see. The transparent plastic aligners blend so well with your teeth, most people won’t even know you’re wearing them!
2. No Food Restrictions
With traditional braces, there’s a whole grocery list of items you can’t eat . . . usually for at least two years. That means no gum, no sticky candy, and no popcorn (just to name a few). Eating one of these foods accidentally can cause one of your brackets or wires to pop loose, causing you to make an unplanned trip to the dentist.
Unlike traditional braces, you can remove Invisalign trays before eating. This helps you avoid the mess of food getting stuck between brackets and wires—and enables you to enjoy whichever foods you want! In the comparison of Invisalign versus braces, that’s another point for Invisalign.
3. Fast Results
With Invisalign, maintenance is extremely simple. You can clean the clear aligners by brushing and rinsing them in lukewarm water or by using anInvisalign Aligner Cleaning System. You’ll have your trays cleaned daily in minutes.
Braces require more meticulous brushing and care. However, if you brush too vigorously while wearing braces, you can damage the wires or brackets, so caution is necessary. This delicate balance makes your daily oral care routine much more complicated with braces versus using Invisalign.
When compared versus braces, Invisalign’s clear aligners are comfortable and convenient. You can put your brilliant smile on display at work, at school, or while out on the town without any of the awkwardness that comes from traditional braces. Simply put, with Invisalign, life will continue on as normal. The only difference? Each day your smile will become even more dazzling!
At Exquisite Dentistry, we prioritize your oral health—providing advanced teeth straightening solutions such as Invisalign. But we can also offer other cosmetic and restorative dental services, like laser teeth whitening and dental bridges.
Best of all, when you visit Dr. Aguil and the team in West Hollywood, you’ll be comforted by the relaxing dental spa environment. You’ll love the essential oils diffusing in the lobby, the warm blanket you receive before your treatment begins, and the noise-canceling headphones that allow you to watch your favorite Netflix show on our televisions. Not only will you be receiving the best treatment, but you’ll be in the most relaxing environment you can imagine for dental work.
Want noticeable results without clunky, noticeable braces? Reach out today to schedule an appointment. The difference between Invisalign versus braces is clear!