Discover the Best Orthodontic Treatment 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, traditional metal braces are still the best option.
Our orthodontist in Miami, FL is an experienced dental professional and can help you on your road to a brilliant smile. Learn more about the benefits of Invisalign compared to traditional braces. We proudly welcome patients from Brickell, Coral Gables, and Miami Beach, FL.
Invisalign vs. Metal Braces
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 their smiles, and obvious metal braces can be embarrassing.
Clear aligners are custom-crafted from transparent plastic to fit your teeth perfectly for a natural appearance and the aligners can even be removed for social situations or special events. Just be sure to wear them for at least 20 to 22 hours a day.
Clear plastic aligners are thin and smooth, so they won’t irritate the gums or 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, soreness, and repeated trips to the dentist. Invisalign patients may feel some mild discomfort when they switch to a new aligner, but any pain will fade within a few days.
Length of Treatment
Many patients prefer Invisalign for its ability to straighten teeth in half the time as traditional braces. On average, treatment with traditional metal braces can take between 18 and 24 months. However, there are times when patients experience signs they need braces, as they can help address more severe orthodontic issues.
Invisalign patients can switch to new aligners at home and on their schedule. With clear aligners, patients can see stunning results in just 12 months. For patients with minor alignment issues, treatment with Invisalign can take as few as six months.
Oral Hygiene Maintenance
Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is much easier with Invisalign. Braces require meticulous cleaning, and even then food still can get lodged in between the wires and brackets. Clear aligners can be easily removed for cleaning. Also, because Invisalign patients remove their aligners before eating, there’s less chance that food and bacteria will get stuck in the teeth.
When choosing an orthodontic solution, it’s important to consider the cost of treatment. This is why many patients wonder about the Invisalign cost compared to that of metal braces. The cost of treatment depends on your oral health needs and insurance coverage. We recommend contacting your insurance provider beforehand. You can also visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable payment options.
Invisalign is far more convenient than traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, you won’t need to make as many visits to our Miami office because you can switch to your next aligner at your convenience.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, there are no dietary restrictions associated with this treatment. Don’t forget to rinse your mouth before placing your aligners back in to eliminate the chance of trapped food particles or bacteria.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invisalign as effective as braces?
Invisalign and metal braces are effective in resolving orthodontic issues. The best way to discover which will be ideal for your needs is to meet with our Miami orthodontics specialist.
You can schedule a free Invisalign consultation with Dr. Grussmark by calling (305) 842-3672. During your consultation, he’ll review your oral health and explain the benefits of each treatment so you can make an informed decision.
Can you wear Invisalign following treatment with braces?
Yes! Our orthodontist may suggest it. Once you complete treatment with braces, Dr. Grussmark will recommend wearing a retainer or Invisalign aligners to prevent your teeth from shifting into their original positions. It’s crucial to adhere to any aftercare instructions to avoid future complications.
Many patients seek Invisalign treatment because they failed to wear their retainers for the recommended amount of time, and their teeth shifted back out of alignment as a result. To learn about your retainer options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark. He’ll help you find a retainer that fits your needs or recommend treatment with Invisalign.
Can Invisalign help patients of any age?
Yes! As long as the patient has all of their adult teeth, they’re eligible for Invisalign. Many patients prefer Invisalign to traditional metal braces for their discreet appearance and comfortable wear. There’s no age limit to this treatment, so almost anyone can achieve their dream smile with Invisalign.
Invisalign Teen is designed for younger patients who want to achieve straight teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces. It features a unique indicator so parents can ensure their teens are wearing their aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Visit Dr. Grussmark for Reliable Orthodontic Treatment
If you’re struggling with crooked, misaligned, or gapped teeth, orthodontic treatment from Dr. Grussmark can help prevent painful symptoms and enhance your smile. The treatment option best for you depends on your oral health needs. Invisalign and braces both have their benefits, but our orthodontist in south Florida will help determine which is best for you.
Call our Miami, FL office today at 305-842-3672 to schedule a consultation, or fill out our contact form to book an appointment online. We look forward to helping you on your journey to a rejuvenated smile!