Invisalign vs Clear Aligners

Invisible, removable, and comfortable clear aligners. Customized for your teeth and mouth with 3D Scanning.
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Invisalign vs Clear Aligners

Invisalign is the ‘brand-name’ clear aligner.

While our office offers Invisalign, most patients choose our in-house brand of clear aligners because they are just as effective and more economical.

We actually 3D print your clear aligners right in our office during your appointment. This means you don’t have to wait for them to be shipped in.

Clear appliances (such as Invisalign) use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth.

  • Invisible – no one can tell you’re wearing them
  • Removable – easy to brush and floss
  • Comfortable – custom fit to your mouth
  • Pain free – No metal to cause mouth abrasions
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Process of Getting Invisalign

  1. During your consultation, we will evaluate your mouth and teeth to determine your treatment options.
  2. If clear aligners are right for you, our team will create a series of clear, transparent, and removable aligners to progressively align your teeth. Instead of relying on outside companies, this entire process is done in our office. 
  3. You will have regular follow up appointments to check the progress of your teeth and to get new sets of clear aligners.

Pros & Cons Of Clear Aligners

Much like other means of straightening teeth, clear aligners like Invisalign have their advantages and disadvantages.

Pros

  • Clear: Clear aligners like Invisalign are obviously a much more esthetic option compared to traditional braces, but less invisible than lingual braces behind the teeth
  • Removable: Clear aligner like Invisalign have the benefit of being removable. This means that it is generally easier to brush and floss during treatment than with traditional or lingual braces. However, this also means that if the clear aligner are not worn, the teeth are less likely to move and treatment may not be as successful.
  • No unsightly white spots: Because clear aligners like Invisalign are removable, it is much easier to keep the teeth clean and therefore unsightly white spots from poor oral hygiene are less of a problem with clear aligners like Invisalign than they are with traditional or lingual braces.

Cons

  • Compliance Driven: Because clear aligners like Invisalign can be removed, treatment success hinges on the patient’s ability to wear the aligners 22 hours daily. If the aligners are not worn for 20-22 hours daily, the clear aligners’ ability to move the teeth will drastically diminish.
  • Limited to mild to moderate orthodontic problems: Clear aligners like Invisalign are not an “end-all be-all” solution to all tooth alignment problems. Severe bite issues or tooth misalignment can be very difficult to treat and, in some cases, may take more time than traditional or lingual braces to treat. Luckily, our orthodontic team is uniquely trained to combine clear aligners like Invisalign with other systems like lingual braces behind the teeth.
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