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Metal braces have been the traditional method of straightening teeth for many years, but that doesn’t make it the most desirable treatment. Many adults, and even some adolescents, would rather skip treatment than spend several years in traditional braces. With more discreet options available these days, many ask, “Which is better, braces or Invisalign?”
Neither option is “better” than the other. Both traditional braces and Invisalign have their place in dentistry, but we are finding that an increasing number of patients with minor to moderate alignment issues are turning to Invisalign.
Invisalign, like all orthodontic treatments, works under the principle of applying constant yet gentle pressure to move teeth into the proper position. The clear aligner trays of Invisalign accomplish this a little differently from traditional braces. The aligner trays are custom designed to fit snugly on the teeth and gradually move them into alignment. With Invisalign, there is no need to tighten wires, instead, aligner trays are switched out every two weeks.
Some advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces are:
Invisalign aligner trays are made of a comfortable plastic that is custom fitted to the arch of your teeth. While the aligner trays can feel a little snug when they are put on for the first time, there are no sharp brackets to irritate gum tissue or the inside of the mouth.
Invisalign is a low-profile orthodontic treatment, which allows you to straighten your teeth discreetly. Patients who undergo Invisalign have a positive experience without feeling insecure about appearance.
Invisalign trays are removable for the ultimate convenience. Patients no longer have an off-limit foods list. They simply remove the trays to eat and make sure to brush and floss prior to putting them back on.
To learn more about Invisalign, call our team at (267) 463-2777 today.
Dr. Anirudh Patel is a board-certified dentist at Innovative Dental by Dr. A in Philadelphia. A graduate of
Case Western Reserve
University, the University of Maryland (magna cum laude), and the Academy of
Modern Implant Dentistry, Dr. A is a board-certified American Dental Association (ADA) member and a member of Spear
Education and the
Spear Study Club and Phelan Dental Seminars.
He is currently pursuing his general dentistry fellowship and is qualified in all dental specialties, including dental surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontics, cosmetic and general dentistry. After practicing dentistry for eight years, Dr. A received the findatopdoctor.com award in 2022.
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