Invisalign Vs. Braces

Despite the increasing popularity of clear aligners, many people still believe that metal braces are the only option for correcting misalignment. However, we can help improve your smile’s alignment without relying on metal orthodontics. How does Invisalign differ from braces? Who makes a good candidate for clear aligners?

Frequently Asked Questions About the Differences Between Invisalign and Braces

Question: What does starting treatment involve?

Answer: First, we will need to schedule an appointment and examine your smile. After identifying the factors behind your misalignment, as well as the severity, we can decide if Invisalign is right for you.

Question: Can I remove my aligners?

Answer: You can! With metal orthodontics, the metal brackets are attached to the teeth and connected with arch wires, which means they must remain on your teeth for the duration of your treatment. However, the plastic aligners can be removed before meals, which means you don’t need to change your diet as you would with metal orthodontics. In addition, you can brush and floss your teeth much easier, reducing the risk of tooth decay.

Question: How long does treatment last?

Answer: With braces, treatment can last anywhere between 18 months and 2 years. However, Invisalign often corrects smiles in about a year for adults and 18 months for teens. While the exact time will depend on various factors, such as the severity of your alignment issues, treatment time is often shorter and patients require fewer office visits.

Question: Can anyone enjoy clear aligners?

Answer: Yes! Metal orthodontics are typically reserved for teens and adults. However, clear aligners can improve smiles for patients as young as seven years old. If you have any questions about our approach to correcting misalignment, then please contact our office today. We would love the opportunity to help you enjoy a more even and heathy smile.

Ready to Try Our Clear Aligners?

We don’t need to rely on braces to correct your smile. Instead, we can use a series of clear aligners to offer clear and comfortable smile correction. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.