Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

It’s easy to think that crooked teeth only cause problems with your smile. But the impact they have on your oral health goes far beyond looks alone.

When you have crooked teeth or alignment issues, it’s harder to practice good oral hygiene at home. It also throws off your bite, which takes a toll on your teeth and jaw. That’s because having misaligned teeth can cause uneven wear, chewing problems, and even temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders, triggering symptoms like pain, tenderness, and headaches.

In the past, you had to turn to orthodontics for traditional teeth straightening methods, like braces. These complex metal systems involved brackets, bands, and wires designed to shift your teeth into a new position. While you can get proven results with braces, new and modern techniques, like Invisalign®, have become an industry favorite when it comes to improving smiles.

Dr. Michael Muscato and our team at Able Dental Care proudly offer Invisalign treatment to their patients who want straight and even smiles without the metal.

What sets Invisalign apart

As its name suggests, the Invisalign system is practically invisible. It takes a close look before anyone notices you’re wearing this tooth alignment system, thanks to the proprietary SmartTrack® material used to make each set of Invisalign trays. 

Plus, when you choose Invisalign, you don’t have to modify your diet and stick with eating foods that are easy on your braces. Instead, you keep eating like you always have, just remove your Invisalign tray first! 

The process of getting started with Invisalign is also far easier than conventional methods that relied on bulky molds and sticky alginate. Invisalign’s advanced 3-D digital imaging technology means you can skip this awkward and uncomfortable process entirely. 

Invisalign uses the iTero Element® scanner, which is approximately the size of a ballpoint pen. This advanced approach forms an accurate digital model of your teeth and gums easily — and it’s comfortable, too. 

But the best part? Your entire Invisalign treatment program develops on a computer, so Dr. Muscato can show you what to expect before you even begin your treatment. And, you can also watch your progress as you move through the series of aligners you’ll wear throughout the entire process.

When to consider braces 

With so many advantages, it’s hard to imagine why anyone would choose braces. However, there are some situations where conventional braces are the better choice. 

In some cases, bringing teeth into proper alignment can be a complex problem. These situations could include individual teeth requiring rotation, lateral movement, or vertical correction. If those issues occur simultaneously, regular braces could provide better results.

Self-discipline also factors into whether to choose Invisalign or braces. For effective and timely treatment, you have to wear your Invisalign aligner trays for at least 20 hours each day. For those who are forgetful or not interested in wearing their aligners as required, braces can offer better solutions because of their permanent nature.

Finally, the Invisalign system uses the location of your back teeth as the foundation for bringing the rest of your teeth into alignment. If those molars need repositioning as well, conventional braces could be a better choice.

However, for most people, Invisalign remains a comfortable, convenient, and discreet solution. To find out more, contact Able Dental Care by phone at 602-904-8193 or by requesting an appointment online today. When you start now, a perfectly straight smile could be yours in 6-18 months. 



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