How Invisalign Compares to Traditional Braces

Orthdontics Grand Rapids

At first glance, Invisalign and traditional metal braces seem similar —they both provide you with straight teeth and a stunning smile. However, our orthodontists have provided a closer inspection of the two dental treatments that reveals several key differences and significant benefits.

Unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to eat all the same foods you eat now. When it comes time to eat, just pop out your Invisalign aligner and eat whatever you want.

Made from clear, smooth plastic that is custom fit specifically to your mouth, Invisalign retainers fit comfortably on your teeth without anyone else having to notice. Traditional braces use metal wires and brackets that are glued to your teeth - Invisalign uses no metal at all.

The process involves a series of clear, comfortable, plastic trays made specifically for your teeth by our orthodontic professionals. Using impressions, digital photos and digital x-rays, each tray is custom-made for you. Following the precise movements planned out by our orthodontists, each new tray gradually shifts your teeth into their correct place.

Just wear a new tray every one to two weeks and let Invisalign take care of the rest. With Invisalign retainers, you can improve your mouth's appearance, function, and bite.

Typical Invisalign treatment takes about nine to fifteen months depending on the position of your teeth and the structure of your jaw. Your orthodontist will check in with you periodically to make sure the treatment progresses as planned.

Keeping Your Teeth Clean

Braces make it difficult to brush and floss all the hard-to-reach areas of your teeth. With Invisalign, you can brush and floss your teeth normally. We typically find oral hygiene is improved with Invisalign and for that reason your smile will be more beautiful. Discuss the pros and cons of each dental service with one of our orthodontists in order to make the best decision about which dental treatment is best for you.

To learn more about our Grand Rapids Invisalign orthodontists and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at (616) 455-4800. Our orthodontist professionals strive to be the very best at providing patients with optimal oral health care while making them feel right at home here in Grand Rapids, MI. Call today for a complimentary consultation.