The Differences Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces

businesswoman with beautiful smileInvisalign clear braces are an innovative alternative to conventional adult orthodontic braces. Utilizing a series of clear acrylic aligners, rather than a system of metal brackets and wires, Invisalign can allow you to straighten crooked teeth conveniently and discreetly. Without obstructive metal components attached to your teeth, Invisalign aligners are also considerably more comfortable than conventional metal braces. Ft. Worth orthodontist, Dr. Ciro Cabal, often recommends Invisalign to image-conscious patients who wish to correct misaligned teeth, but aren’t excited about the prospect of metal braces.

Increased Comfort

Invisalign clear braces are custom-designed specifically for each patient, and the form-fitting aligners are crafted from virtually invisible translucent plastic. Compared to protruding metal brackets and wires, the solid-piece aligners have no components that can jut out and scrape against your sensitive lips and cheeks. Some sensitivity is expected as teeth are moved into different positions; however, discomfort is significantly decreased with clear aligners that don’t require periodic tightening appointments.

Ultimate Convenience

Aside from discomfort, another common complaint concerning conventional braces is the need to drastically adjust your diet, as well as the increased difficulty involved in brushing and flossing your teeth. Food debris and dental plaque can become trapped between teeth and braces, or within the components of your brackets and wires. Patients with braces require an additional tool, such as an interdental brush, to effectively clean hard to reach places. By contrast, Invisalign’s aligners can be removed before eating or brushing your teeth, allowing you to continue your normal daily routines without interference.

The Power of Discretion

Although crooked teeth can be embarrassing, many older teen and adult patients consider wearing metal braces even –more socially uncomfortable. Discretion is one of the most-appreciated benefits of Invisalign clear braces, providing a clear alternative for patients to straighten teeth without announcing their treatment to the world. Their clear construction and snug fit make Invisalign’s aligners virtually undetectable while in place. The aligners can also be temporarily removed for a big date, an important business meeting, a high school reunion, or other event where you want your smile to look flawless.

About Dr. Cabal:

Dr. Ciro Cabal is a dedicated family orthodontist who’s known a passion for providing dental care since his early teens, and continues to serves patients of all ages from Ft. Worth, Azle, Saginaw, Springtown, Weatherford, Haslet, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Lake Country Orthodontics today at (817) 236-7846.