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Straightening with Invisalign versus Traditional Braces

Last updated 6 years ago

Many people still view Invisalign as an option only for those with light cosmetic dental problems, but this is entirely untrue. Keep reading to learn how Invisalign stacks up against traditional braces:

Tackling Malocclusions

When it comes to handling orthodontic problems, Invisalign and traditional metal braces are fairly evenly matched. Both treatments can provide a better, straighter smile, and both can correct bite problems that could potentially damage the jaw. While metal braces may sometimes be indicated for particularly severe malocclusions (misalignment of teeth), for most patients, Invisalign is a perfectly viable alternative.

Maintaining Oral Hygiene

This is where Invisalign really begins to take the lead. Traditional metal braces cannot be removed by the patient and necessitate a special diet because sticky or crunchy foods are likely to become lodged between teeth or within the braces themselves. Patients must even learn a special method for flossing their teeth, making proper oral hygiene more time-consuming and difficult. Yet with Invisalign braces, no special diet is required and patients can brush and floss their teeth normally.

Feeling Comfortable

Orthodontia in general is at least a little uncomfortable, since the only way that teeth can be permanently rearranged is by exerting pressure on them over an extended period of time. With metal braces, wires can shift over time and stab the patient in the cheek, and the brackets can also cause a great deal of general mouth soreness. Yet because Invisalign is made of plastic –it’s molded to fit the patient’s teeth and it’s all one piece – it’s trays are also much less likely to cause the patient pain.

If you’re interested in learning what Invisalign can do for you, visit the office Dr. Kenn Kakosian, DDS. Dr. Kakosian is a cosmetic dentist serving the NYC area with procedures including Invisalign, teeth whitening, dental implants, and veneers. For more information, call (888) 775-8116 today.


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