How Invisalign Compares to Traditional Braces

Bloomfield Hills Invisalign Dentists

At first glance, Invisalign® and traditional metal braces seem to provide the same results for a similar cost. However, there are significant differences between the two treatments that might influence your decision to choose one or the other. Here’s what you need to know. 

What Is Invisalign?

Made from clear, smooth plastic fitted specifically to your mouth, Invisalign retainers fit comfortably over your teeth and are almost unnoticeable to other people. Traditional braces use clunky metal wires that not only cover your teeth, but also irritate your cheeks and gums.

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

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

Does Invisalign Take Longer than Braces?

Average treatment takes about nine to fifteen months, using anywhere between eighteen to thirty Invisalign retainers, depending on the shape and structure of your teeth. Your dentist will check in with you periodically to make sure the treatment progresses as planned. 

Is It Easier to Clean Teeth with Invisalign?

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. Your dental health will be better, and your smile will be more beautiful. Discuss the pros and cons of each option with our Bloomfield Hills dentist in order to make the best decision.

What Can I Eat with Invisalign?

Unlike braces, Invisalign allows you to eat anything you want. When it comes time to eat, just pop out your Invisalign retainer. Just be sure you don’t accidentally throw it away if you’re at a restaurant!

Can Anyone Use Invisalign?

Unfortunately, not everyone is a candidate for Invisalign. Our dentist will be able to evaluate your specific circumstances and let you know if you qualify for clear aligner therapy.

Ready to Learn More?

At Glenn Spencer DDS, we’re here to help you take charge of your oral health. For more information on the benefits of Invisalign clear braces over traditional metal braces, contact our Bloomfield Hills dentist or call us at (248) 646-6363.

[This blog post has been updated.]