How to Decide if Invisalign is Right for You

At Lehigh Valley Orthodontics Orthodontics in Allentown, PA, Dr. Bob Bryan and the team works to customize the teeth straightening care that best fits your cosmetic needs. As orthodontic care advances, patients have been requesting the use of Invisalign, or clear braces rather than the traditional metal ones.   The question we are now faced with is simply the matter of which one is more effective. The answer may be as subjective as to the needs and tastes of every individual patient. Here are some differences between traditional braces vs Invisalign and what you need to know before choosing Invisalign treatment in Allentown, PA.

  1. Traditional Braces are irremovable. They consist of brackets and wires that are inserted into the mouth and worn 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Since they cannot be taken out there must be proper precautions made over the types of foods eaten or any contact sports played that might cause damage. Invisalign is removable and essentially invisible to the human eye. They should be worn 24 hours a day but can be taken out when eating or playing. Being removable makes them convenient, but Dr. Bob Bryan says that extra steps must be taken to ensure they stay clean and hygienic.

  2. Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. They provide stability and effective teeth straightening, however the sides or “wings” of the brackets might cause sores and pain during teeth movement. Invisalign aligners are made of a strong medical grade, thermoplastic material that are fitted snugly around the teeth to position desired by the patient. They cause less discomfort, however might not be as effect as traditional braces to move teeth vertically.

In the end, it all depends on the individual patient. At Lehigh Valley Orthodontics Orthodontics in Allentown, PA, we strive to make the best decisions for your smile and will help you in choosing the right braces for you. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, call Dr. Bob Bryan and the team at Lehigh Valley Orthodontics Orthodontics today at 610.435.2788.

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