Is Invisalign® right for me? Well, let’s look at Invisalign compared to traditional braces to help you decide. Both are great ways to straighten your teeth.
Invisalign is made of BPA-free plastic and is designed to be invisible. This is very different from traditional braces because braces are generally metal and highly visible.
Invisalign is usually worn 22 hours a day for 6 to 18 months, depending on your smile misalignments. Traditional braces are worn 24 hours a day, seven days a week for an average of two years.
Usually, you will be required to change your Invisalign aligners every two weeks. You will also need to follow up with your orthodontist every four to six weeks, depending on your needs. Traditional braces generally require follow ups every one to two months.
With both treatments, you may be required to wear a positioner or retainer after finalizing your treatment. It is possible that you will only be required to wear it at night.
Invisalign is not ideal for people with bridgework or back tooth bite issues. It is also not recommended for those who need to rotate their canines or premolars or for those who need to raise their teeth vertically. Traditional braces work for all cases.
Invisalign was first sold in the year 2000. Even though it is much newer than traditional braces, it has quickly become a popular treatment for those who are looking to improve their smiles and oral health. Only your orthodontist should determine which treatment is best for you. Call Straight Smile today to find out what you can do to help improve your smile and overall oral health!