Discover the Best Orthodontic Solution For You
For years, traditional metal braces were the only treatment for straightening teeth. Advances in dental technology have created additional orthodontic options, such as Invisalign® clear aligners. Much like traditional braces, Invisalign can address gap teeth, overcrowded teeth, and crooked teeth, among other common orthodontic problems. Before committing to a treatment plan, you should learn about your choices and decide what’s best for you.
Our Invisalign Miami orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Grussmark, will help determine which orthodontic appliance is best suited for your needs. Keep reading to learn more about the difference between Invisalign and traditional metal braces.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
A common drawback of wearing braces is the metal wires being visible every time you smile. These wires can lead to social embarrassment and self-esteem issues. Invisalign offers a solution to this problem with nearly invisible clear aligners. Invisalign aligners are so discreet no one will even notice you’re wearing aligner trays.
Each set of Invisalign aligners is customized to the shape of your bite and individually trimmed for a perfect fit— you’ll barely even feel the aligner trays. Best of all, Invisalign aligners don’t require uncomfortable tightening sessions like metal braces. Our Miami orthodontist will plan your treatment ahead of time, with your new trays arriving in phases and fewer checkups to schedule.
Invisalign aligners are removable, so you can eat and drink without restriction. For further convenience, Invisalign only requires you to schedule appointments every six to eight weeks. Additionally, Invisalign aligners are much easier to clean— simply brush them gently with mild soap every morning and evening. As for your oral hygiene, remove your aligners before cleaning your teeth as normal.
Invisalign can straighten your teeth up to two times faster than traditional braces. 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Invisalign as effective as braces?
Invisalign is just as effective as traditional metal braces and offers a discreet treatment method. Many orthodontists recommend Invisalign for its ease and convenience, as most patients find metal braces uncomfortable and unattractive.
Dr. Grussmark’s experience and expertise with 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, our Brickell orthodontist can correct even the most complex cases.
Can I take my braces off and get Invisalign?
It depends on your orthodontic needs and oral health. 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 perfect for adults and teens alike. Many adults choose Invisalign over traditional metal braces because of the social and professional benefits of a discreet orthodontic solution.
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— you’re never too old to straighten your smile!
Can you wear Invisalign following treatment with braces?
Yes! After completing treatment with braces, your orthodontist 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 stunning smile you deserve without needing to worry about wearing a retainer later on.
Visit Dr. Grussmark for Friendly, Reliable Orthodontic Care
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. He’s helped numerous patients in Miami Beach, Coral Gables, and Key Biscayne achieve their dream smiles with patient-oriented orthodontic care.
Call our orthodontic dental office in Brickell, FL by dialing 786-563-4973 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also book your appointment with our Miami Invisalign specialist by filling out our contact form.