InvisalignNot Just a Fad

As an adult or a teen, having misaligned teeth can not only have a drastic effect on your self-confidence, it may also be uncomfortable to eat, speak or smile. Fortunately, there are a number of options available for those looking to straighten their teeth. There are conventional methods such as wire braces to new clear braces systems, like Invisalign. In order to know which solution is best suited for you, it is necessary to know your options. Being aware of the advantages and disadvantages of traditional braces and clear braces can affect your choice in the end.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a clear braces system used as an alternative to traditional wire and brackets teeth straightening solutions. Sometimes referred to as invisible braces, Invisalign utilizes customized clear braces trays made of BPA-free plastic. The clear braces are continuously worn over the teeth and replaced every two weeks.

These trays are created uniquely for each individual patient based on X-rays and impressions of the teeth. They are made for the comfort of the customers, designed to be smooth and most importantly, invisible. These clear braces change the way you will look at braces. Take away the pain of gluing brackets to your teeth and having to change your wires and bands.

Braces vs. Invisalign

Either choice are meant to provide a solution that will not only straighten teeth but also improve overall oral health. However, there are certain circumstances where one provides a better solution over the other. First, braces are not recommended for those concerned with personal appearance.  A shift toward more enamel-colored brackets and rubber bands has taken place over the last few years. However, Invisalign takes a real invisible approach with their clear braces. The trays are meant to be invisible, and as such, those who are concerned with personal appearance have an easier time with Invisalign than they might with conventional braces.

Save Time

Invisalign also has a shorter wait time for your new straightened teeth! Taking anywhere from 6 to 18 months for full results, while braces take an average of two years. Maintaining these clear braces are also less stress too. For braces you have to go get a check up every month for adjustments. Invisalign patients only have follow up appointments every four to six weeks. Brushing and flossing are also made easier because of the removable trays. So not only are you getting those perfect pearly whites, Invisalign encourages healthy dental habits.


Despite only being on the market since 2000, Invisalign has been used with over 2.5 million patients. The results have been consistently similar to conventional braces. There are a number of advantages Invisalign offers but patients should be aware that not everyone will be a candidate. Traditional braces are best for those with more complex oral issues. They are also used for those who may be prone to remove the aligner trays. Individuals who need a vertical move, cannot use Invisalign with the same comparable results as braces. This new method won’t work for those who have current bridgework or a need to rotate canines or premolars. Talk to a dental professional today if you believe clear braces are the perfect fit for you!

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