Metal braces can be bulky and uncomfortable, but crooked, overcrowded teeth need to be corrected to prevent oral health issues.
Drs. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Lisa Reed in Brooklyn Heights, NY, provide Invisalign® as a discreet alternative to traditional braces.
Why should you choose Invisalign?
DiscreetUnlike the noticeable metal used for traditional brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are made of a clear, BPA-free plastic which is nearly invisible when worn.
More ComfortableThe smooth plastic aligners are not as abrasive to the gums and lips and consequently cause less irritation and injury. This allows our patients in Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, and New York City to enjoy more comfortable treatment.
Greater FreedomWhile Invisalign must be worn at least 20 to 22 hours every day, the trays are removable, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain proper oral hygiene.
How does Invisalign treatment differ from braces?
Is Invisalign an effective orthodontic solution?
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Traditional Braces vs. Invisalign
Although traditional metal braces are still one of the more common types of orthodontics chosen today, there are many downsides to consider when debating Invisalign vs. traditional braces, including:
- Food restrictions
- Irritation to soft tissue, such as mouth sores
- Potential for lip and gum lacerations
- Potential damage to the front surface of teeth
- Noticeable appearance
- Difficulty cleaning teeth and gums effectively
Invisalign trays are clear, comfortable, and virtually invisible, providing an excellent solution for adult patients interested in discreetly realigning their smile. Each tray should be worn for at least 22 hours a day, but can be removed for easy cleaning and eating, so you can still enjoy all your favorite foods. Trays can also be removed for a special event, such as an important presentation, wedding, graduation, or class reunion. Because you receive all the aligner trays upfront, follow-up appointments are required less often than with traditional braces.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for Invisalign should have good overall health and be looking to address cosmetic and oral health concerns, such as:
- Gapped or widely spaced teeth
- Open bite
- Overcrowded or overlapping teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
Additionally, patients should have realistic expectations of their results. Some dramatic enhancements, such as lengthening the appearance of short or worn teeth, might only be possible with porcelain veneers, dental bonding, or dental crowns.
Why a Straighter Smile is Important
When teeth are misaligned, the condition can make it difficult to keep teeth adequately cleaned. Even if you follow a disciplined oral health care program, teeth that overlap or are crooked can easily trap food and bacteria. This can lead to plaque buildup, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also cause improper jaw placement, which can lead to jaw clenching, teeth grinding, poor nutrition, TMJ disorder, and pain in your neck and shoulders.
Straightening your smile not only provides many aesthetic and emotional advantages, but it can protect the long-term health of your teeth and body. Research has proven that the health of your smile can affect your overall physical health. When tooth decay and gum disease are left unchecked, it not only leads to tooth loss and costly restorative procedures, but it can lead to an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease. A straighter smile equals a healthier body.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign orthodontic treatment uses a series of specially designed clear aligners to straighten teeth. When used one after the other, these aligners will continue your orthodontic treatment by applying the necessary pressure to properly straighten teeth. Computer imaging and bite impressions of your mouth are used to prepare the Invisalign aligners to meet your specific needs.
At our practice, serving patients in Fort green and surrounding communities, the progress these virtually invisible braces achieve will be continuously monitored by either Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid. This will ensure you receive the most beneficial effects and optimal results. Invisalign aligners are custom molded to fit snugly against your teeth for an appearance that is hardly noticeable. Many people will not even know you have anything in your mouth, unless you tell them. Invisalign aligners should generally be worn at all times, except during meals. The number of aligners used depends on your individual needs, and the duration of treatment can be expected to be less than traditional braces.
Benefits and Drawbacks of Invisalign
By choosing to realign your smile with Invisalign at our Brooklyn Heights practice, you can:
- Achieve a straighter, healthier, more beautiful smile
- Prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ disorder
- Improve your self-confidence and quality of life
- Achieve a youthful appearance
- Improve your oral health and dental function
Despite its many benefits, Invisalign is not right for everyone. Most notably, the orthodontic option may not be appropriate for certain types of bite issues and severe malocclusion. During a consultation, we will make your treatment goals our number one priority. If your doctor does not feel that Invisalign trays can provide the absolute best results, we will discuss your options. Today's braces are more comfortable and often feature more discreet materials, such as tooth-colored brackets and clear wires.
Understanding the Pros and Cons of Invisalign® vs. Braces
If you have crowded or crooked teeth, there are several effective orthodontic treatments to choose that can correct these issues. At Brooklyn Heights Dental®, Dr. Stanislaus or his associate, Dr. Reid, can explain Invisalign vs. braces. They will also evaluate your current dental alignment to determine the procedure most applicable to your needs. If you decide on standard braces, we can refer you to a trusted area orthodontist.
Understanding How Braces and Invisalign Work
Both traditional braces and Invisalign operate using the same principles. Both treatments employ constant and gentle pressure to realign teeth, improving both your oral health and your appearance. Traditional braces are comprised of metal brackets connected by a ligature wire. Small rubber bands, or O-rings, hold the wire in place. If you choose this method, your orthodontist will attach the brackets to your teeth and routinely tighten the wire. Over time, the gradually increasing force will cause your teeth to shift. Overall treatment usually takes anywhere from 18 to 36 months.
If you opt for Invisalign, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will take impressions of your teeth so that the technicians at a specialized lab can design comfortably fitting aligner trays. You will receive a full series of trays, each one with a slightly different shape to exert a mild pressure on your dental arches. Switching to a new tray approximately every two weeks will progressively straighten your smile. Depending on the severity of your dental misalignment, treatment can generally be completed in about six to 12 months.
Which Option Is Right for You?
Both braces and Invisalign can correct a diverse range of orthodontic concerns, including:
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Gapped teeth
- An overbite or underbite
- A cross bite
- An open bite
In the past, Invisalign was only considered appropriate for those with slight cosmetic concerns. Today, however, the treatment can address mild to moderate forms of malocclusion, as well. Therefore, your dentist will help you choose a treatment based primarily on your lifestyle and related factors. Because Invisalign can often achieve the same effects as standard braces, your choice in treatment is largely up to you and your personal preferences.
The Advantages of Braces
Metal braces are a popular and proven treatment option. Because they are not removable, they can also be a good choice for children and younger teens. Pediatric patients may forget to wear removable Invisalign trays, compromising the results of their treatment. Additionally, standard braces may cost less than Invisalign; however, in most cases, the price is comparable, so you should receive a thorough evaluation and treatment estimate before making your decision.
Because Invisalign can often achieve the same effects as standard braces, your choice in treatment is largely up to you and your personal preferences.
The Advantages of Invisalign
In recent years, Invisalign has grown more and more popular, thanks to its many benefits. Invisalign is heralded because the treatments are:
- Removable: Although some patients may consider this a drawback, receiving a removable treatment means that you could enjoy all of your favorite foods without damaging your orthodontic appliance. It will also be much easier to clean your trays than to clean braces. As a result, food will not get trapped beneath, and you will have a lower risk for decay and dental stains.
- Discreet: Invisalign trays are very difficult to see, even when someone is standing right in front of you.
- Comfortable: Unlike the rough metal brackets used on braces, Invisalign trays are smooth and will not irritate your lips. Plus, they usually exert less force than braces, resulting in reduced discomfort.
- Timely: Standard braces will remain in place for about two years. In contrast, Invisalign usually takes between six and 18 months.
- Time-efficient: Clear aligners often require fewer trips to the dentist. You may only have to visit us about once every six weeks.
- Effective: The treatment can thoroughly enhance your smile and your overall appearance, making your self-confidence soar.