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Differences between Braces and Invisalign

Differences between Braces and Invisalign

Metal braces and Invisalign are both orthodontic treatments used to straighten teeth, but they are different from each other in several ways. Here are some of the key differences between traditional metal orthodontics and clear aligners.

Materials

The differences in construction between metal and clear orthodontics affect discretion and comfort. The metal of conventional orthodontics is visible to others, as well as potentially uncomfortable. Clear aligners, on the other hand, are practically invisible, as well as comfortably smooth.

Removability

Metal orthodontics are bonded in place, making them non-removable. By contrast, clear aligners are worn over the teeth and can be removed at will. Patients still must wear their aligners for at least twenty hours a day, but can remove them before cleaning their teeth and consuming food or beverages other than water.

Treatment Time

Invisible aligners tend to take less time than metal orthodontics to straighten teeth. While the former takes an average of one year to fifteen months to work, the latter frequently takes about two years.

Oral Health

The fact that aligners can be removed means that patients have an easier time keeping their teeth clean. Orthodontics that are bonded in place tend to collect bacteria, as well as food particles, and cleaning around the brackets and wires can be difficult. Removable aligners allow for normal brushing and flossing, and thorough cleaning of the aligners themselves.

Most adults are candidates for both of these treatments, but only an assessment can determine this for certain. You can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about what makes these treatments unique.

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