Which Option is Right for You?
The decision to undergo orthodontic treatment is an important one, and it’s crucial that you review all of your options thoroughly before committing to a treatment plan. Many of our patients come to our Miami practice specifically for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen, but in some cases metal braces are still the best option. Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional braces, and if you have questions that aren’t answered here, contact Dr. Stephen Grussmark and our team in Miami for a free consultation.
For most of our Miami patients, the greatest benefit of Invisalign over traditional metal braces is the fact that Invisalign is practically invisible to the casual observer. The goal of orthodontic treatment for many patients is to improve the appearance of your smile, therefore obvious metal braces are a turn-off, especially for our adult patients. The clear aligners are custom-crafted from transparent plastic to fit your unique teeth very closely so there is no bulge or gaps in the material. What’s more, the aligners can be removed for social situations or special events.
The clear plastic aligners that come with the Invisalign and Invisalign Teen systems are very thin and smooth, so they don’t irritate the gums and the inside of the mouth the way sharp metal braces can. Braces also need to be regularly tightened and have bands twisted onto them, which can cause pain and soreness. Invisalign patients may feel a little discomfort when they switch to a new aligner, causing their teeth to shift, but it goes away quickly and is typically much more comfortable than metal braces.
Length of Treatment
Orthodontic treatment with braces can take several years, however straightening your smile with Invisalign can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time. For patients who need only minor correction, Invisalign Express 5 is a good option: you can achieve the smile of your dreams in mere months. Furthermore, braces require many office visits when they need to be tightened and adjusted, while Invisalign patients are able to switch to new aligners at home and on your own schedule.
With Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, it’s much easier to maintain a good oral hygiene routine. Braces require meticulous cleaning, and even then there is still the possibility for food to get lodged in between the braces. The clear Invisalign aligners are easily removed for cleaning, and this makes brushing and flossing much more effective and convenient. Also, since Invisalign patients remove their aligners before eating, there is less chance that food will get stuck in the teeth.
Many of our patients are concerned that Invisalign from our Miami office will cost much more than traditional braces, and this is not always the case. In truth, Invisalign costs are often comparable to the cost of metal braces. Sometimes, Invisalign can even be more affordable than braces, depending on the scope of treatment and the number of office visits needed to tighten and adjust braces. If you’re interested in learning more about Invisalign cost and financing, contact us today: we offer a number of payment options that can help Invisalign treatment fit into any budget.
Many of our Miami patients find that Invisalign is far more convenient than traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, patients don’t need to make as many visits to our office as wearers of braces would, because you can switch to your next aligner at home and at your convenience. Also, wearers of metal braces need to be restricted from eating certain foods, but since Invisalign aligners are removed prior to meals, our patients don’t need to adhere to any special dietary regulations. With Invisalign aligners, oral hygiene is very convenient as the aligners are removed before brushing or flossing. People who wear metal braces often complain that it is difficult and time-consuming to get their teeth thoroughly clean. Invisalign, on the other hand, makes routine maintenance convenient.
Contact Dr. Grussmark in Miami
The first factor to consider when deciding whether Invisalign or traditional braces are the best option for you is to determine whether you’re a strong Invisalign candidate. Invisalign aligners are wonderful for fixing minimally or moderately crooked teeth and fixing gaps in your smile. With extreme misalignment or severe bite issues however, braces may be the more effective choice for you. To learn whether you are a suitable Invisalign candidate, contact our Miami office to schedule an in-depth and free Invisalign consultation with Dr. Stephen Grussmark. At Centre for Invisible Orthodontics we can help you weigh your options to make an informed decision
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