Invisalign vs Braces

May 6, 2013

Invisalign: The Clear Alternative to Braces

Dr. Jorge Peralta and his Seattle orthodontics team offer a full range of treatment options so that we can cater to each of our patients’ unique needs. In addition to using clear ceramic braces, traditional metal braces and Incognito lingual braces, we also offer Invisalign clear aligners to our late teen and adult patients who wish to perfect their smiles without the use of wires and brackets.

About Invisalign

The innovative Invisalign System consists of a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move teeth. The custom-made series of aligners are created for you and only you using computer-generated, 3D image based on the exact movements Dr. Peralta plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply put a new set of aligners every two weeks or so until your treatment is complete and you achieve the straight, confident smile you’ve always wanted.

Benefits Provided by Invisalign

When you’re wearing Invisalign, most people won’t even notice that you’re having your teeth straightened because the translucent clear aligners blend in with your teeth. This provides you with increased confidence and self-esteem throughout your treatment process as you won’t have to concern yourself with how you look while having your teeth straightened. You can smile with confidence and feel your best as you enjoy this virtually invisible teeth straightening process.

Because the clear, smooth aligners can’t poke the inside of your mouth like metal braces can, you won’t experience pain or discomfort associated with metal braces. Additionally, you won’t develop mouth sores or suffer injuries caused by brace wires because there are no wires used. Also, because you can take the aligners out, you’re able to eat all the foods you love like hard crusted breads, nuts, corn on the cob and other foods you enjoy. You also can take the aligners out when brushing and flossing so you don’t have to worry about the buildup of plaque around brackets, which can lead to the development of tooth decay.

How Invisalign Works

You will wear each set of aligners for approximately two weeks, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will gradually move until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by Dr. Peralta. You will come into our Seattle orthodontist office about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. You will use between 18 and 30 aligners during your treatment process that can take between 9 and 15 months to complete.