Invisalign or Traditional Metal Braces: Which Is Better?

Published: 13th March 2009
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The Invisalign teeth straightening system uses a series of near-invisible aligners to gradually straighten teeth for a beautiful, more confident smile. You can wear the braces in any situation without people being distracted by glinting metal.

The aligners are also removable, unlike traditional metal braces. This means that if you're experiencing discomfort, you can temporarily remove the invisible brace to relieve it.

There are no metal bands, brackets, or wires with the Invisalign teeth straightening system. Bits of food rarely get caught in these braces, and can be easily removed if they do.

There is no chance for plaque buildup because your toothbrush can't get into all the nooks and crannies as with metal braces, either. You simply brush and floss normally.

One advantage to the Invisalign system is that it changes your smile gradually. You have time to adjust to better chewing patterns and easier word pronunciation. People will hardly notice you're having your teeth straightened. As time goes on, they will start to notice your confidence and great smile.

When you choose to straighten your teeth using the Invisalign system, you'll see the dentist every two to four weeks, depending on your schedule. The whole process takes a year, which is a shorter time frame than most metal tooth straightening systems.

Patients who live a long distance from their dentists can sometimes obtain the entire series of Invisalign braces so they don't need to visit the dentist as often. This frees you from having to make and keep a constant stream of appointments with a dentist who practices far from your location. Ask your dentist if this is possible for you.

When you're considering any cosmetic dentistry procedure, always be sure to weigh the lifetime benefit of the procedure. Metal braces can cost less in up-front costs, but they cost you confidence and a normal life while you're having your teeth straightened.


Traditional braces are not the only solution to crooked teeth. Invisalign aligners and porcelain veneers provide patients with other options. Speak with a North Carolina cosmetic dentist to learn more about these dental treatments.


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