When you have misalignment, you typically need orthodontics to correct the issue. In the past, this meant receiving metal brackets and wires. However, we can now offer a much more esthetically-pleasing alternative with Invisalign®. How does Invisalign® differ from metal braces?
Try Our Quiz on Invisalign® and Braces
- True or False: Invisalign uses plastic aligners instead of metal braces.
- True or False: You can remove the aligners!
- True or False: Clear braces are often more comfortable.
- True. Braces require metal brackets placed onto the front of the teeth and connected with an arch wire. We then adjust the tension of the ire to reposition the teeth. With clear braces, the patient instead wears a series of clear plastic aligners, upgrading to a new set every two weeks over the course of treatment. The aligners will be custom-made based on detailed digital impressions we gather of the teeth.
- True. Braces are in place until treatment is complete. But you can take the aligners out before meals, so you don’t need to avoid certain foods, and before you brush and floss your teeth, which makes caring for your smile during treatment significantly easier. However, you still need to be sure you’re wearing them for the 20 to 23 hours per day the dentist recommends if you want to see optimal results.
- True. Being custom-made from plastic, the aligners fit comfortably and don’t cause the gum and cheek irritation often encountered with metal braces. Patients enjoy their treatment time, which often take as little as a year. Remember, clear aligners is great for patients of all ages, from kids to adults. If you want more details about the process, then give us a call today. We’re happy to address any of your questions or concerns!
Ready to Try Clear Aligners?
If you want to see if Invisalign can help you enjoy a more attractive smile, give us a call! To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 281-3659. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and our staff welcome and serve families from Rochester, MN, as well as Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all other neighboring communities.