Invisalign Vs. Braces: How to Choose

What is Invisalign?

In the year 2000, the world was introduced to invisible braces and the reaction to this new form of teeth straightening has been amazing, to say the least. No more does the experience of straightening your teeth involve:

  • the pain of metal braces wrapped around each tooth
  • wires that keep breaking
  • appointments that need to be set
  • braces that must be tightened 
  • Ibuprofen, at times,  to endure the process. 

At All Smiles by Design, we know that Invisalign is a game-changer when it comes to obtaining the look you desire because the process is so simple,  pain-free and affordable.

What is the Process  for Invisalign Braces

The name Invisalign reflects the fact that this amazing teeth straightener is virtually invisible as opposed to the obviousness of metal braces. Invisalign is a unique, retainer-type form of teeth straightening that is meant to be unnoticeable. The process is also meant to be so simple that it eliminates the old, primitive process, as in:

An initial consultation — this highly advanced, digital process of straightening teeth begins with a full examination. 

Teeth impression – following your initial examination, a digital scan will be conducted. Rather than filling your mouth with a gooey substance, as was the case in the past, we are able to make an impression of your teeth through a simple digital scan. 

A customized treatment plan — following the impression of your teeth, we will discuss with you your individual treatment process with a full preview of your new smile. Tanks to modern technology, we can show you what you will look like with your finished product. No more guessing on this one.

Aligners are produced – your next appointment will involve placing your first aligner. Typically one aligner lasts for two weeks. You will be given a few aligners and be expected to wear them 20 to 22 hours per day. You will be seen every six to eight weeks to make sure your process is coming along as expected. 

Retainer – near the end of your treatment, you will be given a retainer to wear to keep your teeth in alignment. 

What is the Process for Metal Braces

Metal braces were the result of ancient efforts to provide teeth straightening for those who desired by using animal skin to tie one tooth to another, similar to what metal braces have offed.

Compared to Invisalign, the method for placing metal braces almost seems archaic as tools are used to twist wires, and place and cut brackets to connect them

Deciding Whether Traditional Braces or Invisalign is Right for You

Is Invisalign right for you? A few things to consider are:

  • Invisalign has become more advanced in its ability to straighten severely crooked teeth.
  • Invisalign does take commitment. Because braces are attached,  there is no choice as to whether you should wear them.
  • More insurance companies cover Invisalign.

Contact All Smiles by Design today and let us help you discover this simple, affordable approach to good dental health and the smile you’ve always wanted. 

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