At first glance, Invisalign and traditional metal braces seem similar — for the same cost, they both provide you with a stunning smile. However, a closer inspection reveals several key differences that most dentists would call significant benefits.
Unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to eat all of the same foods. When it comes time to eat, just pop out your Invisalign retainer and eat whatever you want.
Made from clear, smooth plastic fitted specifically to your mouth, Invisalign retainers fit comfortably on your teeth without anyone else having to notice. Traditional braces use clunky metal wires that not only cover your teeth, but also irritate your cheeks and gums.
The process involves a series of clear, comfortable, plastic trays made specifically for your teeth by your dentist. Using impressions, digital photos and digital x-rays, each tray is custom-made for you. Following the precise movements planned out by your orthodontist, each new tray gradually shifts your teeth into their correct place.
Just wear a new tray every two weeks and let Invisalign take care of the rest. With Invisalign retainers, you can improve your mouths appearance, function, and bite.
Average treatment takes about nine to fifteen months, using anywhere between eighteen to thirty Invisalign retainers, depending on the shape and structure of your teeth. Your dentist will check in with you periodically to make sure the treatment progresses as planned.
Keeping Your Teeth Clean
Braces make it difficult to brush and floss all the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss your teeth normally. Your dental health will be better, and your smile will be more beautiful. Discuss the pros and cons of each option with your Grand Rapids dentist in order to make the best decision.