Invisalign vs Metal Braces: All of the Results, None of the Embarrassment

Maybe your teeth aren’t as straight as you’d like them to be, and there are some gaps or crowding you could do without, but at least no one ever called you “metal mouth”, right? But as more and more data emerges connecting dental health to overall wellness, dentists and MDs are finding that the problems created by misaligned teeth are more serious than previously understood. While you may have managed to avoid the pain and embarrassment of wearing traditional metal braces as a teen or tween, the state of your current smile can be an unwelcome reminder that you also missed out on the benefits of good orthodontic care.

This is not a good look in your 30s
Cute when you’re 11; not a good look in your 30s

Here’s some good news: straightening your teeth in adulthood doesn’t have to be the same kind of ordeal that it was when you were a kid. Thanks to continuing efforts in developing new, better products and procedures in dentistry and orthodontics, a lot of things that were standard just a few years ago are now out of date (for example, most denstists have now abandoned manual scaling with that scary metal hook tool in favor of pressurized or ultrasonic cleaning implements.)
This absolutely holds true when it comes to many of the less than reassuring accounts of straightening teeth with braces.

Invisalign straightens your teeth with removable clear liners
Invisalign straightens your teeth with removable clear liners

Invisalign, an orthodontic system that uses clear, removable custom made aligners to straighten your teeth, is giving millions of people a second chance at a beautiful smile. After a simple consultation with your dentist to determine if Invisalign is right for you and your teeth, a treatment plan and schedule will be designed just for you based on how many aligners you will need and how long each will be worn.

The program’s custom-made clear aligners are made from molds of your natural teeth and each set gradually changes until the last set, reflecting the best possible positioning of your teeth. Each set of clear liners is worn for about two weeks before changing to the next set for the next two week increment.

Can you tell she's wearing braces?
Can you tell she’s wearing braces?

Because Invisalign liners are molded from your own teeth, patients who have worn traditional braces as well as Invisalign report significantly less discomfort and pain when using the Invisalign system. The unobtrusive clear liners also do not interfere with speech, or aesthetics, a major selling point for people in image-conscious professions like lawyers, actors, politicians, and sales reps who have found great results with Invisalign’s improvements, without losing any time to the compromised appearance of metal braces.

If you’re interested in perfecting your smile or correcting bite problems but were scared off by the thought of a mouth full of wires, Invisalign may be the solution you’re looking for. Infinite Dental Wellness is an environmentally conscious dental practice in the Los Angeles area with years of experience fitting patients with Invisalign and helping them achieve amazing results. Contact us today for a consultation!