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Florida Smiles Dental in Lighthouse Point offers Invisalign clear braces as an option for our clients. Invisalign is especially popular with adult patients needing orthodontic therapy, due to their almost invisible appearance.

If you are considering braces versus Invisalign to straighten your teeth, or your kid’s teeth, you may have lots of questions. Which is more effective? Which is more affordable? Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will do the job, even it it’s slightly more expensive. In the long run, you don’t want to have to fix your teeth again! So are braces or Invisalign the better choice for you or your kid?

Braces vs Invisalign: Getting Straight To The Basics

Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Customers first began using Invisalign in 2000, so this treatment does not yet have the same history as braces.

Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get brackets to more closely match your enamel color (making them more discrete), or you can get them in colors to make a fashion statement with your mouth!

Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.

While both braces and Invisalign can help straighten teeth, they each have pros and cons. Take a look at the detailed braces versus Invisalign comparison chart below.


Braces (irremovable)

Invisalign (removable)

Color Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color Clear/invisible
Treatment time 24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs 22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs
Maintenance Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful. Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in lukewarm water
Follow up visits About every month Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks
Follow up to treatment Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night
  • More effective for more complex issues
  • No temptation to leave them out, so less self- discipline is needed for success
  • No extra cleaning steps required besides regular brushing and flossing
  • Invisible
  • Removable
  • No issues with food getting caught
  • No difficulty eating
  • No discomfort from wires
  • May have some pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement
  • May have some tooth discoloration or breakage
  • May have difficulty eating sticky, hard foods
  • May have discomfort from tooth movement
  • Must remove before eating or drinking anything but water
  • Must brush after each meal to avoid staining
NOT ideal for Patients playing rough contact sports regularly Patients with:

  • bridgework
  • back tooth bite issues
  • the need to rotate canines or premolars
  • the need to move teeth vertically
  • lack of discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily

Florida Smiles Dental in Lighthouse Point offers Invisalign

Dr. Donald Fox, Orthodontist/ Board Certified, will discuss all options with you for your orthodontic treatment.  If you and Dr. Fox determine that Invisalign® braces are the correct and preferred treatment, Dr. Fox will set up a customized treatment plan especially for you and your needs.

Contact Florida Smiles Dental in Lighthouse Point at (954) 943-2466 to see whether you are a candidate for Invisalign® braces.

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