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Main Differences between Invisalign and Braces

Main Differences between Invisalign and BracesWhen you have alignment problems with your teeth or problems with your bite, you often have a choice of methods for correcting the problem. The main two options are Invisalign aligners and traditional braces. When faced with these options, many patients wonder what the main differences are between the two.

One obvious difference between Invisalign aligners and braces is that Invisalign aligners are completely transparent. Even braces that have clear brackets feature a metal wire that becomes a prominent feature of the patient’s smile. However, Invisalign aligners contain no metal, and as a result, they are virtually undetectable to the casual observer.

Another key difference between traditional braces and Invisalign is that Invisalign aligners are removable. Patients can take them out to eat, which allows them to continue enjoying foods that are often restricted when wearing braces, such as sticky foods like caramels or messy foods like corn on the cob that are prone to sticking to braces. Invisalign aligners can also be removed for cleaning and for brushing and flossing the teeth, which may promote better oral hygiene.

However, despite their advantages, Invisalign aligners cannot correct all manner of alignment problems. For example, because Invisalign aligners are removed vertically, they cannot make certain types of movements with the teeth, nor can they make highly precise movements. Patients with certain types of bite problems or alignment problems may need metal braces to fix their issues.

If you are deciding between Invisalign and traditional braces, our Northridge cosmetic dentist can help. Our Northridge Invisalign provider can examine your bite and help determine if Invisalign is right for your needs or if you would be better served by metal braces. Call today to schedule your consultation.

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