Invisalign Vs Braces – Here’s What You Need To Know

Are you considering getting corrective dentistry? Then you’ve probably heard about Invisalign. We’ve been receiving a lot of questions about the revolutionary new teeth straightening product. Especially, we get lots of customers asking how it measures up against braces, which is the tried and trusted teeth correction method.

We’ve put together a couple of guidelines you can check out that should help you make a more informed decision.

Treatment time
How long it takes to see results from both methods of treatment will vary according to your unique dental situation. Sufficed to say that braces are worn on average for about one to two years, and as you know, cannot be taken out by anyone other than a professional.

Invisalign, on the other hand, has an average treatment time of about a year, and they have to be worn for about 22 to 24 hours a day, again, depending on the treatment plan your dentist has created for you.

Invisalign, as the name suggests, is made from clear, BPA-free medical grade plastic, and doesn’t really show while you are wearing them. Braces, as you also probably know, are normally made of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth, with a wire connecting them across your jaw.

Maintenance and follow ups
In terms of maintenance, Invisalign seems to be the favourite, as anyone that has had braces will tell you, they can be difficult to keep clean, requiring regular brushing.

Invisalign also needs cleaning after meals, but they are easy to take out and clean and are less likely to leave remnants of your last meal.

When it comes to follow-ups, some people might consider braces the winner, seeing as a typical follow up is once a month and is relatively free of issues. Your Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, have to be changed every two weeks and require you to visit a dentist roughly every six to eight weeks, depending on your treatment plan.

Other considerations

There are other pros and cons for both corrective methods. For example, braces might be painful, and for self-conscious users, a hassle to live with day in and day out. Invisalign, on the other hand, might be easier to maintain, but you need the willpower to keep using them, and not just leave them out.

For an expert opinion on which type of corrective dental treatment is best for your needs, don’t hesitate to contact the expert team at Carnegie Dental Group today!

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