If your goal is to improve your smile, you may have come across braces and Invisalign as potential options. Both braces and Invisalign are designed to help people have a more straight and symmetrical smile. However, there are differences between the two treatments. To discover the differences between Invisalign and braces, just continue reading.
Before we talk about the differences between Invisalign and braces, we can talk about the similarities. Braces and Invisalign actually do the same exact thing. Both work the same way to exert consistent, yet gentle pressure onto the teeth to manipulate them into a new, more desired position.
Now that we know how braces and Invisalign are the same, we can talk about what makes them different. The design is the most notable difference between braces and Invisalign. Conventional braces are made with metal brackets and wires that connect to the teeth. Then, rubber bands are used to manipulate and move the teeth into a new position. With braces, you don’t feel the teeth shifting and only notice results at the very end. Most of the time, braces are worn for 12 to 24 months. On the other hand, Invisalign is designed very differently. Invisalign aligners are custom made for a person’s mouth from transparent plastic. These aligners sit on top of the teeth, exerting gentle pressure to move the teeth slowly, without pain or discomfort. With Invisalign, individuals don’t have to visit the dentist as often because the design requires less care. Also, individuals with Invisalign have the option of removing the aligners when eating. Sometimes foods like popcorn or jelly beans can get stuck in braces. With Invisalign, individuals can remove their aligners to eat sticky foods, then brush their teeth and place the aligners back into their mouth for fresh and clean teeth.
If you’re interested in Invisalign, contact the offices of Dr. Lattinelli. Our dental office can help you achieve your dream smile. To schedule a consultation, call 212-752-7188 today!