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. Whichever treatment is right for you, Dr. Grussmark is an experienced orthodontist and can help you on your road to a brilliant smile. 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 financing 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
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of Invisalign or other orthodontic treatments, contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark by calling (305) 842-3672. Even if other dentists have told you that you’re ineligible for Invisalign, Dr. Grussmark might be able to effectively straighten your smile without the need for braces. Contact our Miami office to schedule a 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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Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invisalign as effective as braces?
Dr. Grussmark recommends Invisalign because it can produce the same results as braces without damaging your self-image. Invisalign is the preferred method for straightening teeth because it’s discreet, effective, and won’t hinder your diet and lifestyle.
You can schedule a free consultation with Dr. Grussmark by calling our Miami office at (305) 842-3672. During the consultation, he’ll review your oral health and explain the benefits of each treatment so you can make an informed decision. He’ll also answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Can you wear Invisalign following treatment with braces?
Once you complete treatment with braces, Dr. Grussmark may recommend wearing a retainer or Invisalign aligners to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. 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 as a result, their teeth reverted to their original positions. If you’re interested in learning about our retainer options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark at our Miami office by calling (305) 842-3672. He’ll help you find a retainer that fits your needs or recommend treatment with Invisalign.
Can Invisalign help patients of any age?
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 specifically made for younger patients, typically 14 years old, who want to achieve straighter teeth without the embarrassment of metal braces. It even features a blue dot indicator on the trays so parents can ensure their teens are wearing their aligners for the required 20 to 22 hours per day.
Is Invisalign as painful as braces?
Unlike traditional metal braces and their painful metal wires and brackets, Invisalign only involves mild discomfort as you grow comfortable wearing the aligners. The most pain you’ll ever feel with Invisalign is slight pressure on your teeth during the first few weeks of treatment. After the adjustment period has passed, you’ll be able to wear your aligners with ease and comfort.
Does Invisalign work faster than braces?
One reason many patients prefer Invisalign is its ability to help them achieve a straighter smile in half the time as braces. On average, treatment with traditional metal braces can take between 18 and 24 months. With Invisalign, you can see stunning results in just 12 months. For patients with minor alignment issues, treatment with Invisalign can take as few as six months.
Are there dietary restrictions with Invisalign?
When wearing metal braces, you won’t be able to eat foods that are crunchy, chewy, or tough. However, because Invisalign aligners are removable, there are no dietary restrictions associated with this treatment.
Simply remove your aligners and place them in their tray before eating or drinking something that isn’t plain water. It’s advised that you rinse your mouth before placing your aligners back in to eliminate the chance of trapped food particles.