Many people have wondered about the differences between Invisalign vs braces. Both are actually intended to accomplish the same thing, i.e. straightening out misaligned teeth. The big difference comes in the materials used to accomplish this task. Whereas traditional braces require wires, rubber bands, and metal braces, the Invisalign process only requires the usage of clear plastic aligners. This can be a crucial difference for young people who wish to avoid being teased and hassled about having metal braces in their mouth.
Another subtle difference is that Invisalign is excellent for correcting cases of mild to moderate misalignment, but it’s probably not the best solution for cases of severe misalignment. When using the Invisalign system, a patient would be required to keep the aligner trays installed for about 20 hours each day. The upside of that is that they can be removed at meal times, and for brushing and flossing. Metal braces must remain in the mouth at all times, which makes dental hygiene a bit more problematic.
If you or a family member need orthodontic work, you should consider the Invisalign process. Contact us today where specialists at Ammons Dental by Design can answer all your questions, and schedule an initial consultation for you.