If you have ever had to wear metal braces, or if you know anyone who has, then you know that there really is not much to love about them. When it comes to straightening your teeth, they definitely get the job done, but they are unattractive and not very comfortable. For some dental issues, like severe bite defects, they are the only practical option, but many conditions can be as effectively treated with the use of Invisalign clear braces.

The Difference Between Metal Braces and Invisalign

Unlike metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are virtually indiscernible because they are created from clear thermoplastic, and there are no bands or wires. This means not just a better appearance, but also fewer trips to the dental office. You do not have to worry about regular adjustments because when you choose Invisalign, you get all your aligners at once, and you change them at home. You only need to see Dr. Addy occasionally, just to make sure the treatment is progressing as it should.

The Benefits of Invisalign

With Invisalign, you will not experience the frustration of getting food stuck in your braces. Invisalign aligners are removable, and you take them out to eat. Then simply brush and floss, and pop them back in your mouth. As a result, you do not have to forego any of the foods that you enjoy that could be problematic with metal braces.

In addition, you will not have many pain-filled days following tightening, as you would with metal braces. Invisalign is a very gentle system, and throughout the treatment, you will use several aligners that work to correct your bite problem gradually and gently. You may experience some mild to moderate soreness for the first day or two of your new set of aligners, but that will subside. Usually, in about a year’s time, your teeth will be the way they should be, and you will have experienced little or no discomfort over the course of the treatment.

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Am I a Good Candidate for Invisalign?

There are many cases where Invisalign is recommended, such as:

  • Mild overbites or underbites
  • Protruding teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Slightly crooked teeth

However, keep in mind that Invisalign is not perfect and thus is not ideal in all cases. For more severe dental alignment issues, you might benefit more from conventional braces. Generally, braces are more adept at correcting more severe misalignment issues. Ultimately, it’s best to schedule a consultation with us to determine which option would best benefit your smile.

About the Author

Dr. Drew Addy earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Southern California and has extensively trained at the world-renowned Kois Center. He was voted as one of San Diego’s top cosmetic and family dentists by San Diego Magazine for 2017 and 2018. Currently, he is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. To learn more about Invisalign or to schedule an appointment at his office in Carlsbad, visit his website or call (760) 492-6317.

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