Invisalign vs Conventional Dental Braces

Invisalign vs Conventional Dental Braces

Posted by Parke Rogers Dentistry on Mar 21 2022, 08:33 AM

If you’re considering getting an Invisalign or dental braces, you might have a thousand questions swirling in your mind: Which is more effective? Which is affordable? Since there are so many options ahead of you, you might be in doubt. In the end, everyone wants to choose what’s best for them.

  • Purpose

Both Invisalign and conventional dental braces straighten your teeth while improving your smile. While metal braces consist of metal brackets that are attached to each tooth, Invisalign does not have brackets or wires. It is a clear, removable, and customized appliance also called an aligner. 

  • Metal Braces

Metal braces are the common method used for straightening teeth. The most obvious difference between a metal brace and Invisalign would be metal braces are not removable. But these metal braces are quite efficient in straightening your teeth faster than Invisalign. 

The time varies from patient to patient. The average time is anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. The amount of maintenance needed for metal braces is one reason why people shy away from metal braces. You might have to avoid some foods and the brackets and wires need adjusting from time to time. 

You have to schedule follow-up visits every four to eight weeks. During these appointments, your bands will be changed, the brackets and the wires will be tightened. You might experience slight soreness for a day or two. 

  • Invisalign

The main reason why Invisalign is a popular option is the fact that they are removable and invisible. Since it is removable, you can remove them when you’re eating, brushing, flossing, or during any special occasion. You can eat whatever you like since you do not have to worry about the brackets breaking or wires loosening. 

Invisalign is comfortable and virtually invisible. Depending on the plan, you might use 12 to 48 trays. The average treatment time would be between 6 and 18 months, but the time can vary from patient to patient. It is also based on the patient's willingness to wear the Invisalign for 20 to 22 hours. Otherwise, the treatment time will be prolonged. 

Dental visits for Invisalign range from four to six weeks. You will also have to switch out aligners to keep up with your teeth shifts. If you skip your appointment or don't change your aligners, your treatment time will be prolonged!

Visit Parke & Rogers Dentistry at 9191 Pinecroft Dr STE 270, The Woodlands, TX 77380 to get yourself an Invisalign! Contact us at (281) 419-2632 or schedule an appointment online.

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