Is Invisalign as good as braces? 

In most ways, Invisalign is just as good as braces. Although there are a few bite related problems that may be addressed more easily with braces, the advantages of removable clear aligners often outweigh any advantages braces may have.

What is Invisalign used for?

Invisalign treatment is used to correct the esthetic and functional problems of misaligned teeth in much the same way braces do. In other words, smiles can be made more beautiful and bite problems can be corrected using Invisalign.

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Is Invisalign cheaper than braces?

Generally the cost of Invisalign is very similar to the cost of doing braces. Each case is unique, so coming in for a free consultation is the best way to see how affordable Invisalign can be.

How painful is Invisalign?

Actually most patients feel very little pain with Invisalign. Typically the discomfort associated with Invisalign is quite a bit less than the discomfort of doing braces.

How long does it take to do Invisalign?

Typically Invisalign will take about as long, or possibly a bit shorter time than doing braces would. Complicated cases take longer than more simple cases will take. One of the big questions we answer in a free consultation is how long the process will take, so call us now for a free consultation!

Is Invisalign a good choice for kids?

Although Invisalign has a product aimed exclusively at young children, most kids will do better with traditional braces. Once all the permanent teeth have erupted (usually around 12 or 13) Invisalign becomes a good option, and a possible alternative to braces.

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What are the downsides of Invisalign?

People’s primary problem with Invisalign appears to be that patients must consider their orthodontic treatment more frequently. Trays must be removed if you eat or brush your teeth, however they should be worn 22-23 hours per day. This implies they cannot be forgotten! Before determining which orthodontic treatment is best for you, you should always examine the benefits and drawbacks with an orthodontist.

Why should I see an Orthodontist? My General Dentist does Invisalign.

A typical General Dentist sees at most a few orthodontic patients a year, and Invisalign is their only option. Dr. Wright has treated over 12,000 orthodontic patients, and understands all the important aspects of (and the need for!) a customized orthodontic plan for each patient. Invisalign may be the best treatment for you, but there may be reasons why you may not be a good candidate for Invisalign.

Also if things don’t go exactly as planned, a general dentist will not know about all the options for finishing your case. Dr. Wright DOES. For specialty work like Orthodontics, it’s ALWAYS better to be seen and treated by a dedicated Specialist like Dr. Wright.