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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?
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.
|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|
|NOT ideal for||Patients playing rough contact sports regularly||Patients with:
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.