Invisalign / Clear Braces

Invisalign is an innovative new alternative to traditional metal braces that uses clear, comfortable BPA-free plastic aligners to gradually move your teeth into position by exerting gentle pressure without the aesthetic downside of braces. Aligners are typically worn for 22hrs every day, and a set of trays will be switched out every 1-2 weeks, depending on the case.

Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

While Invisalign can be slightly more expensive than traditional braces, it has become a popular alternative to for many distinct reasons:

  • Comfort: Invisalign uses a soft plastic that won’t cut your gums and cheeks like the sharp brackets and wires of metal braces.
  • Appearance: Clear aligners look better than metal brackets and wires, especially for adults who are considering orthodontic treatment. Invisalign aligners are almost invisible and offer patients an opportunity to straighten their teeth without being self-conscious about looking like a teenager again.
  • Convenience: Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign aligners whenever you need to (such as when you’re brushing your teeth, flossing, or eating and drinking). This also means that you are not as limited to certain activities you can do and food you can eat.
  • Hygienic: Since the aligners can be removed, it is much easier to maintain optimal teeth and gum health. Simply remove the aligners to floss, brush and rinse as usual.
  • Speed: With Invisalign, you can expect to see results up to 50% faster than with other orthodontic techniques.

Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?

While most adults of all ages are candidates for Invisalign, there are some limitations to Invisalign where traditional braces would be more ideal. Some examples that can be challenging for Invisalign include:

  • Severe skeletal malformations: although a regular overbite/underbite may be addressed with Invisalign, a severe overbite or underbite may require the use of braces
  • Tooth position: If your teeth are extremely rotated, Invisalign may not be ideal to shift them into proper alignment
  • Large gaps: Invisalign can fix small to moderate gaps between the teeth, but larger gaps may require braces
Most importantly, patients must be have healthy teeth, gums, and bone to be an Invisalign candidate. The presence of active periodontal disease, bone loss, or cavities are contraindications for any type of orthodontic treatment.

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