Discover the Best Option for You
For many years, metal braces were the only treatment for straightening teeth — but advances in technology have created additional options, such as Invisalign clear aligners. Before committing to a treatment plan, it’s essential that you learn all about your choices and decide what’s best for you.
Explore our guide to learn how Invisalign is different from braces.
For most patients, the largest drawback of wearing braces is the metal wires that are clearly visible every time you smile. These wires can make you feel unattractive, leading to social embarrassment and self-esteem issues.
Invisalign offers a solution to this problem with clear aligners that are nearly invisible. In fact, Invisalign is so discreet that no one will even notice you’re wearing aligners.
Each set of aligners is customized to the shape of your bite and individually trimmed for a perfect fit. The thermoplastic material is smooth and thin, so you’ll barely even feel the aligners. Best of all, there’s no metal wires to poke your cheeks or irritate your gums.
Unlike braces, Invisalign aligners don’t require uncomfortable tightening sessions with your dentist. Your treatment will be planned out ahead of time, with your new trays arriving in phases and fewer checkups to schedule. Throughout the process, Invisalign will shift your teeth slowly and gradually to ensure you don’t feel any pain.
One of the most frustrating aspects of braces is that they limit the foods you can eat. Beyond that, they’re difficult to clean and it’s easy to break a wire or damage the brackets.
Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat and drink without any restrictions. They’re also much easier to clean — just brush them gently with a mild soap every morning and evening. For further convenience, Invisalign only requires you to schedule appointments every six to eight weeks. This allows you to spend less time in our office and more time enjoying yourself.
Faster, More Predictable Results
Invisalign can straighten your teeth up to two times faster than metal braces. In most cases, treatment can be completed in roughly twelve months. You’ll receive a new set of aligners about every two weeks until your desired results have been achieved.
Thanks to our iTero® scanner, you can see exactly what your new smile will look like before you even begin treatment. The technology predicts Invisalign results with stunning accuracy, allowing you to feel total confidence throughout the process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Invisalign work faster than braces?
Invisalign can achieve the same results as traditional metal braces in half the time. Typically, treatment with metal braces can take between 18 and 24 months, while Invisalign can produce noticeable results in as little as 12 months. For patients with minor orthodontic issues, you may only need to wear Invisalign aligners for six months depending on your personalized treatment plan.
Is Invisalign as effective as braces?
Invisalign is just as effective as traditional metal braces and offers a discreet treatment method. Dr. Grussmark recommends Invisalign for its ease and convenience, as most patients find metal braces to be uncomfortable and unsightly.
Dr. Grussmark’s experience and expertise with both Invisalign and braces set him apart from his competitors. Even if you’ve been told in the past that you’re not a candidate for Invisalign, Dr. Grussmark can correct even the most complex cases.
Is Invisalign as painful as braces?
Traditional metal braces involve irritating metal wires and brackets. Patients may experience mild discomfort as they become accustomed to wearing their aligners, though this should fade after the first few weeks of treatment. Once the adjustment period has passed, you’ll be able to wear your aligners with ease and comfort.
Can I take my braces off and get Invisalign?
It’s possible to replace your braces with Invisalign, but your orthodontist will need to approve the switch. If you’re interested in having your braces removed for Invisalign, schedule a consultation with Dr. Grussmark at our Brickell office by calling (305) 842-3672. During the consultation, he’ll review your oral health and determine if Invisalign is the ideal orthodontic treatment for you.
Can Invisalign help patients of any age?
Invisalign is available for adults and teens alike! Many adults choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces because of the social and professional benefits that come with a discreet orthodontic solution. However, Invisalign Teen offers these same benefits to a younger group of patients. Instead of facing school with a mouthful of brackets and wires, your teen can achieve a beautiful smile invisibly. Almost anyone with orthodontic care needs can benefit from Invisalign, and you’re never too old to straighten your smile!
Can you wear Invisalign following treatment with braces?
After completing treatment with braces, Dr. Grussmark may recommend wearing a retainer or Invisalign aligners to prevent your teeth from shifting out of place. Many patients begin the Invisalign treatment after failing to wear a retainer after removing their braces, as their teeth reverted into their original positions. Best of all, the effects of Invisalign tend to be permanent, giving you the straighter smile you deserve without needing to worry about wearing a retainer.
Visit Dr. Grussmark
Are you still not sure which orthodontic treatment is best for you? Dr. Grussmark will be happy to explain your options in detail and help you develop a treatment plan that fits your needs. Call our office in Brickell at 786-563-4973 and schedule a free consultation today.