Invisalign® or Traditional Braces: Which Is Better for Me?

Invisalign® or Traditional Braces: Which Is Better for Me?

In the past, the only way to improve crooked teeth or alignment problems meant suffering through the discomfort of wires and metal brackets that came with braces. But Invisalign® changed all of that.

The Invisalign teeth-straightening system gained FDA clearance in 1998. Since then, they’ve transformed over 11 million smiles — and that includes over 1.4 million teenagers! But what sets this modern approach apart from traditional braces?

Dr. Peter Gambertoglio in Spring, Texas, loves the predictable, proven, and discreet results that Invisalign has to offer. However, he also knows it isn’t right for everyone. If you want straighter teeth, here’s what you need to know about Invisalign versus traditional braces.

The Invisalign advantage

There are a lot of reasons to love Invisalign, but it all starts with their practically invisible, removable aligner trays.

Unlike traditional braces that get cemented in place on your teeth, Invisalign uses a series of clear trays that snap onto your teeth. That means you can remove them whenever you need to, whether you have a special occasion or it’s time to eat, drink, or brush and floss.

During Invisalign treatment, you simply wear your aligners 20-22 hours each day and change to new aligners every 1-2 weeks. It typically takes 12-18 months for your teeth to shift into their ideal position, but you’ll start seeing results within weeks. 

Dr. Gambertoglio creates your aligners using Invisalign’s advanced 3D digital imaging technology. This high-tech approach makes a digital model of your gums and teeth without the mess or discomfort of conventional impressions and molds. 

Invisalign’s advanced technology also allows Dr. Gambertoglio to completely customize your teeth straightening plan, down to a single tooth. And you even get a preview of what your teeth will look like before you even get started.

When braces could be best

It’s hard to imagine who would choose traditional braces over the modern comfort and convenience of Invisalign. However, while Invisalign can correct a wide range of issues, sometimes braces offer better solutions.

The Invisalign straightening system can make complex tooth movements thanks to their  SmartForce® attachments. But, if you need a complex correction or several simultaneously, you could need the added power that comes with traditional braces.

Another less obvious reason to choose braces involves self-discipline. That’s because it’s crucial to wear your aligners for at least 20 hours a day when you have Invisalign. Braces, on the other hand, are more “set it and forget it” until they get removed at the end of your treatment. That can create its own challenges, such as:

However, you don’t have to worry about remembering to wear your aligners, and you can’t lose them.

The good news is that you don’t have to decide on your own. Dr. Gambertoglio discusses your treatment options and the pros and cons of each after examining your teeth and listening to your overall goals.

Are you ready for a straighter smile? Contact our office in Spring, Texas, to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gambertoglio today.

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