Invisalign has become known as a household name when it comes to orthodontic alternatives to traditional metal and wire braces. Many adults and teens prefer Invisalign over braces because they feel that braces will detract from their mature image but still wish to straighten their teeth in an effective and clinically proven manner. Invisalign is a proven technology that works just as well as braces in most situations and offers roughly the same cost.
Other reasons Invisalign is a popular alternative are that unlike traditional braces they are not bonded to your teeth. Invisalign are a series of removable aligners that allow you to take them off for brushing and cleaning but are recommended to remain on your teeth at least 20 hours a day for optimum treatment. Brackets from braces can cause soreness and irritation of the inside of the lips, cheeks, and tongue, and can put limitations on what patients can eat or chew. Good oral hygiene is also a bit more challenging with traditional braces because teeth are tougher to clean around the braces. With Invisalign you simply remove the aligners and clean your teeth as you normally would.
Though not as esthetically pleasing, wire-and-bracket braces are still the preferred use for complex bite problems that Invisalign may not be able to fix. Patients who suffer from extreme malocclusions (misalignments) may not be candidates for the clear aligners. Only a dentist can help determine which option may be right for you, so the first step to see if you are eligible for Invisalign would be to schedule a consultation with the Cosmetic & Wellness Center of New Jersey and Dr. Vocaturo or Dr. Lapine will help you decide what options are available to you.