When it comes to teeth straightening options, teens and adults wonder: are braces better than Invisalign? Scottsdale, AZ residents have high standards when it comes to their health services and dental work is no exception. Dr. John Budd, of Budd Orthodontics PLLC, often recommends Invisalign for patients as a metal-free way to get a straight, comfortable smile they can be proud of. Here are just a few of our commonly asked questions about Invisalign, as well as our answers:
How Does Invisalign Work?
Wearing Invisalign is simple. Dr. Budd typically performs an initial evaluation to make sure his patients are good candidates for clear braces. After this evaluation, a set of clear, computer-generated trays is made. Patients should wear these trays 24 hours a day for best results, only changing the trays every two weeks. While many patients report that it took them a few days to get used to metal braces, Invisalign does not impact your speech and fits comfortably over your natural teeth.
What Does Invisalign Treat?
Invisalign is commonly assumed to be just a cosmetic treatment, when in reality, it can treat as many bite issues as braces. Invisalign is recommended for use for a range of diagnoses, from gapped teeth and crowding to overbites, underbites and crossbites. No matter how simple – or complex – your case, Invisalign has the potential to be a good option for you.
Will People Know I Have Braces?
Both teens and adults benefit from clear braces due to reduced social stigma. Teens can get over the “brace-face” phase without changing their appearance. Adults love that they can go to work and carry on basic day-to-day activities without comments from acquaintances. Many of our adult patients say that Invisalign has helped them feel more confident in meetings with clients at work. Invisalign is an easy way to straighten your smile without compromising your professional image.
Does Invisalign Have Health Benefits?
Yes! With metal braces, the gums and soft tissue of the mouth can actually experience irritation. Invisalign is a virtually invisible tray that will prevent injuries that might otherwise be sustained from broken wires or brackets. It is made from thin, BPA-free plastic that is safe for daily use. Patients see the same great results that they would receive with metal braces, and can more easily see results as they occur.
Are Braces Better Than Invisalign?
The short answer is: it depends. Dr. Budd’s initial evaluation should help determine which method of tooth straightening is best for you. Both methods obtain great results for our patients in roughly the same amount of time. Most insurance providers cover both straightening methods. Positioners or retainers are typically needed after both courses of treatment and satisfaction levels are relatively similar with both options. In the end, it comes down to your preference and your medical needs.
Is Invisalign Right for Everyone?
Invisalign is not recommended for patients with bridgework, back tooth bite issues, or the need to move teeth vertically. Patients with Invisalign are required to keep trays in 24 hours a day, taking them out only for cleaning and to change the trays. Patients must have the discipline to stick to this schedule in order to see results. Blue indicator dots are available to help you gauge when your trays need to be replaced.
Have you been thinking about Invisalign, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? Contact our office today and schedule a completely free initial consultation. Your smile is worth it!