Invisalign vs Braces
If you wish for a more pleasing smile, orthodontic treatment can give you a brand-new smile that you’re proud to show off. Traditional braces ask you to sacrifice your appearance for a few years to achieve a more beautiful smile — but with Invisalign, you won’t have to.
The nearly invisible aligners are hardly noticeable, so you won’t have to hesitate to smile. Invisalign also allows you to eat any food you like and it’s easier to take care of your teeth.
There are many advantages to Invisalign over braces, but it does have its limitations. If your teeth need to be moved a lot, traditional braces may be a better option. You can only know for sure if you’re a candidate for Invisalign at your consultation with Dr. Krell.
Three Steps to a Straighter Smile
Consultation With Dr. Krell
At your consultation, Dr. Krell will discuss your eligibility for Invisalign with you. He’ll examine your teeth and dental history to learn about your needs. Then, you’ll learn if Invisalign is the best choice for you and how long your treatment may take.
If you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment, Dr. Krell will send impressions of your teeth to the laboratory to create your aligners.
Beginning Aligner Treatment
It takes a few weeks for your first aligners to be created, but we’ll call you back to the office when they’re ready. Dr. Krell will give you tips on putting your aligners in, taking them out, and how to properly care for them. He’ll also make sure they fit before you begin your treatment.
Wear Your Aligners for 20 to 22 Hours a Day
Invisalign is removable, so there are no restrictions on foods you can eat and you can brush your teeth normally. But you do need to wear your aligners for most of the day in order to keep your treatment on track. This means you’ll need to plan the time you have your aligners out carefully.
It’s best to rinse your aligners when you remove them to prevent bacteria from sticking to them. You’ll also want to brush your teeth after you eat and before you put your aligners back in, so food particles don’t damage your aligners.
Do At-Home Aligners Work?
While at-home aligners promise a straighter smile without ever visiting the dentist, the truth is that they can cause significant damage to your teeth. Virtual appointments and pictures often can’t show an entire picture of a patient’s oral condition and you may end up needing extensive corrective treatment after at-home aligners.
Regular check-ups at a dentist’s office ensure your treatment is proceeding safely and any issues can be corrected immediately. When you visit Dr. Krell, he can thoroughly examine your teeth to make sure your treatment is safe.
Contact Dr. Krell for Superior Invisalign Treatment
Dr. Krell is an experienced Invisalign provider and can ensure you receive the best treatment possible for your smile. He’ll work with you individually to create a smile that’ll boost your confidence.
To learn more or schedule your consultation, call our office by dialing (713) 877-1775 or by filling out our convenient contact form, available on this page. We’re looking forward to speaking with you about how we can help your smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
The average treatment time for Invisalign is about 12 months, but your individual treatment time varies depending on your needs. Most of the time, Invisalign is about twice as fast as traditional braces.
You’ll find out at your consultation about how long you should expect to be wearing Invisalign. If your teeth require more movement, you may need to wear your aligners for a longer amount of time. On the other hand, very minor cases of misalignment can mean less time in aligners.
Many people love Invisalign due to its advantages. It’s nearly invisible, can be removed, and doesn’t come with as many restrictions. But that doesn’t mean Invisalign is the best option for everyone. The truth is, Invisalign is limited in how much it can move teeth.
If your teeth require significant movement to correct your smile, traditional braces may be a better treatment for you. Invisalign is best for cases where teeth only need to be moved a little, such as for people who previously had braces but whose teeth have shifted out of place.
No, Invisalign doesn’t ruin your teeth. In fact, by correcting alignment issues, Invisalign can save your teeth and prevent future complications.
It’s also easier to take care of your teeth when you’re treated with Invisalign versus traditional braces. That’s because Invisalign can be completely removed, so you can clean every surface of your teeth properly.
Yes, some people have noticed weight loss with Invisalign treatment. This is because Invisalign must be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day, so meals must be planned carefully to minimize the amount of time spent without aligners.
It’s more difficult to aimlessly snack when you have to brush your teeth every time you eat. Developing a meal plan and eating fewer times a day can lead to weight loss in some people.