Differences between Invisalign and Braces

Invisalign in Miami

If you have crooked, twisted teeth or small gaps between them, your dentist in Miami may recommend you for orthodontic treatment. This is used to change the position of your teeth so that they sit more uniformly. However, while orthodontic treatment may improve the appearance of your teeth, it is not only done for cosmetic reasons. Making orthodontic changes to your teeth, which also includes addressing issues with the way your teeth meet when you close your jaw (known as your bite), also has a range of health benefits, from reducing the likelihood of dental decay to improving the symptoms of TMJ disorder.

In the past, the most successful orthodontic treatment available was braces. However, in recent years, the arrival of Invisalign has given patients an alternative, highly successful option to consider.

So, what are the key differences between Invisalign and orthodontic braces?

While they may ultimately deliver the same results, there is no getting away from the fact that Invisalign and braces are two very different orthodontic treatments.


What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is the latest, and many argue – the greatest, development in the field of orthodontics. The treatment uses a series of custom-designed, transparent, retainer-like aligners to gently force teeth into their new and preferred spaces. Each series of aligners is created using state of the art mapping technology which can take an image of how your teeth are positioned at the start of your treatment and plan the pathway which they need to take to move them to their final position. An aligner can be designed for each stage of the process.

Invisalign aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours each day but can be removed for eating and cleaning. Each aligner is worn for set period of time, usually 2-3 weeks (depending on the instructions from your provider) before moving on to the next in the series. Failing to wear your aligner for the allotted time in in the correct order can compromise the success of your Invisalign treatment program.

What are Orthodontic Braces?

Traditional orthodontic braces have previously been the ‘go-to’ solution for misalignment and bite issues and are normally issued when the patient is in their teenage years. Regular braces are bonded to your teeth and then connected by an arch wire that puts pressure on the teeth, guiding them into the proper alignment. However, rather than having braces for different stages of the journey your teeth must make, you instead need to return to visit your dentist who will make adjustments to move your teeth. These are typically done every 4 weeks.


What are the differences between Invisalign and braces that matter the most to patients?

Invisalign is fast- becoming the preferred orthodontic treatment choice for patients, for a variety of reasons. Here are the differences that are contributing towards its popularity.


Invisalign is more discreet

If you have ever seen someone wearing traditional orthodontic braces, you know just how impossible they are to hide. Attached to your teeth and made from a combination of metalwork and elastics, one of the biggest compromises made by wearers of braces is the appearance of their smile while they undergo treatment.

In contrast, Invisalign aligners are made from transparent plastic. This means that although you can see your crooked teeth through them, there is no unsightly metal when you smile. Most patients infinitely prefer showing crooked teeth than a mouth full of metal.


Invisalign allows you to eat what you want

Another common complaint amongst wearers of braces is that they are unable to enjoy many of the foods that they like. This is because certain types of food, such as popcorn, chewy candy, gum and even some types of meat, get stuck in braces. If this doesn’t damage the braces themselves, it can make dental problems such as tooth decay more likely.


Invisalign makes it easier for you to clean your teeth

If you are going to the effort to get your teeth into better alignment, you will absolutely want to make sure that you can retain them for as long as possible. This means following a robust oral hygiene routine, brushing them twice a day, flossing and using fluoride mouthwash. As you can probably imagine, negotiating wires and brackets is exceptionally difficult, and this means that people who wear braces struggle to keep their teeth properly clean since there are many areas that get missed.


Fortunately, since Invisalign aligners can be removed, patients who choose this solution can brush, floss and rinse their teeth just as they would normally. This enables them to enjoy healthier and more attractive smiles.


Invisalign is comfortable to wear

While it may take a little while for you to get used to the feeling of Invisalign, the majority of people find that the soft, plastic aligners are substantially more comfortable to wear than conventional braces.

Okay, so with all of these benefits, there had to be a little something to rock the boat didn’t there? Perhaps unsurprisingly, Invisalign can be more expensive than traditional orthodontic braces. However, most patients agree that the additional benefits far outweigh the additional costs involved with the treatment. Many Invisalign providers also offer payment plans that spread the cost and make this popular treatment much more affordable.


If you would like to find out more about orthodontic treatments in Miami including Invisalign and traditional braces, our dedicated team at Gables Perfect Smile would be happy to talk you through your options and help you decide which is right for you. Please contact our Cosmetic Dental office in Miami at your convenience.