How is Invisalign different from braces?

Invisalign aligners are practically clear. No one may even notice that you are wearing these virtually invisible “braces”, making Invisalign a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.

Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment by simply removing the aligners. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would for fresh breath and good oral hygiene.

Unlike braces, there are no metal brackets or wires with the Invisalign system that could cause irritation to your mouth. Also, since your office visits during treatment do not involve metal or wire adjustments, you will likely spend less time in our chair.

Like brackets and arch wires, Invisalign aligners move teeth through the appropriate placement of controlled force on your teeth. The main difference is that Invisalign not only controls force, but also the timing of the force application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move. These movements are determined by your doctor as he maps out your unique Invisalign treatment plan.

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to tooth-whitening trays. Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you and only you to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Invisalign aligners and Vivera Retainers do not contain Bisphenol-A or phthalate plasticizers.

There are no restrictions on what you can eat while in treatment. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment. In fact, you’re required to remove your aligners to eat and drink. So, unlike undergoing treatment using wires and brackets, there is no need to restrict your consumption of any of your favorite foods and snacks. It is very important that you wear your aligners at least 22 hours per day. So you cannot be snacking all the time. Also, it is important that you brush your teeth after each meal and prior to re-inserting your aligners to maintain fresh breath and proper hygiene.

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