Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces Chatsworth, CA

When it comes to straightening your teeth, there are more options on the market now than ever. Two of the most popular options are Invisalign® and traditional braces. While neither is definitively better than the other, both have their own set of pros and cons.

Invisalign and traditional braces are available at Smile By Dr. K in Chatsworth and the surrounding area. We can help provide you with the best treatment for your unique case. Call us today at (818) 574-4436 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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Differences Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces

When considering Invisalign and traditional braces, patients should first realize that no one treatment is better than the other. The right treatment will vary on a case-by-case basis. The first step to determining what is best for a patient is an accurate diagnosis. An orthodontist will also consider the patient’s treatment process goals, lifestyle needs, and more.

The main distinguishing factor between Invisalign and traditional braces is visibility. Invisalign is a more discreet option, while traditional braces will remain evident in the patient’s mouth. Additionally, Invisalign trays are removable, while traditional braces will remain attached to the patient’s teeth. Consequently, patients with traditional braces may need to make some dietary changes during their treatment. In any case, both Invisalign and traditional braces will require patients to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine and wear retainers after completion.

“When considering Invisalign and traditional braces, patients should first realize that no one treatment is better than the other.”

Treatment Time

Though overall treatment time with Invisalign depends on the severity of the condition, most patients complete treatment within 10 to 24 months. However, patients with more misaligned bites or crooked teeth will likely need to wear their aligners for a more extended period. Some may also require further, smaller refinements for a few months after completing treatment. On the other hand, adults who had braces as children may complete treatment in around 10 weeks.

Similarly, treatment time with traditional braces will depend on various factors. These include the severity of the patient’s case, the amount of room inside their mouth, and how far their teeth must travel. It is also essential to consider how healthy the patient’s teeth, gums, and supporting bones are. On average, however, braces will typically remain in place for one to three years. In both cases, patients may extend their treatment time by not following instructions closely.

“…patients may extend their treatment time by not following instructions closely.”

Treatment Efficacy

According to at least one meta-analysis, patients prefer clear aligners like Invisalign over metal braces for their discreet nature, comfort, and ease of maintaining oral hygiene. Multiple studies in the meta-analysis also found that patients tended to have a shorter treatment time with Invisalign than with traditional braces.

However, it is crucial to note that Invisalign lacks the precision of traditional braces, making them better suited for patients with less severe orthodontic issues. While clear aligners are an effective means of addressing malocclusion, traditional braces can more significantly shift the teeth and jaw. At Smile By Dr. K, we take all the necessary steps to provide our patients with the most effective, personalized treatment possible.

“While clear aligners are an overall effective means of addressing malocclusion, traditional braces can more significantly shift the teeth and jaw.”

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Dietary Changes

As stated by Healthline, patients should keep their Invisalign trays in their mouth for 20 to 22 hours per day. These trays should only be removed for eating, drinking anything that is not clear water, or performing their oral hygiene routines. Since Invisalign trays do not involve wires or brackets, the treatment does not necessitate any dietary changes. However, patients should still brush their teeth before putting their aligners back on to prevent staining.

On the other hand, patients will need to adjust their diets while wearing braces. This is because the brackets are sensitive to damage, and patients must take care not to cause them to separate from the tooth. Thus, it is necessary to avoid any foods that are too hard, sticky, or chewy, such as popcorn, chewing gum, hard crackers, and more. It is also essential to limit sugary foods and drinks, as the combination of sugar and saliva may lead to an excess of plaque that is hard to remove.

“Since Invisalign trays do not involve any wires or brackets, the treatment itself does not necessitate any dietary changes.”

Aesthetic Benefits

For many patients, one of the major selling points of Invisalign is its virtually invisible nature. Unlike traditional braces, they do not draw any attention to the teeth — making them appealing to teens, especially for senior pictures. Invisalign trays are also removable, which can come in handy for contact sports.

While Invisalign is a more discreet option to traditional braces, traditional braces can shift the teeth and jaw more precisely. On the other hand, Invisalign allows for less demineralization and root resorption than traditional braces — making patients less prone to discoloring or shortening. In any case, all orthodontic devices have the potential to close any wide gaps between the teeth, straighten crooked teeth, and align the tips of the teeth.

““…all orthodontic devices have the potential to close any wide gaps between the teeth, straighten crooked teeth, and align the teeth tips.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Invisalign made of?

A. Invisalign trays are composed of a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack®. They are BPA-, BPS-, latex-, and gluten-free. They have also been FDA-approved for safe use.

Q. How often will my Invisalign trays need to be changed?

A. It depends on your specific case. However, most patients require a change every one or two weeks. Smile By Dr. K can help you get a better idea of what to expect during a one-on-one consultation.

Q. What are traditional braces composed of?

A. Traditional braces are composed of brackets, bands, archwires, spacers, ties, buccal tubes, and ligatures. The brackets hold the archwires that move the teeth, while the bands wrap around the tooth to anchor the brackets. Smile By Dr. K will also fit spacers between your teeth to make room for the bands.

Q. How often will I need to get my braces tightened?

A. The answer varies on a case-by-case basis. However, most patients need to get their braces tightened every six weeks. Speaking to Smile By Dr. K may give you a better idea of what to expect.

Q. Do I still need to visit my dentist while wearing braces?

A. Yes. It is important to be especially diligent about your oral hygiene while completing orthodontic treatment, as such routines become harder to maintain with traditional braces.

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Definition of Orthodontic Terminology

Aesthetics
The appearance of things.
Brackets
Small modules attached to each tooth when wearing braces.
Dentist
A doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing oral conditions.
Dietary Changes
Changes to what a patient eats.
Invisalign
A brand of clear aligners that uses sets of aligner trays to straighten the teeth.
Traditional Braces
A type of metal braces with brackets attached to the front surface of the teeth and wires threaded through each bracket.
Malocclusion
An improper alignment of the upper and lower teeth.
Orthodontics
A dental specialty dealing in diagnosing and correcting malocclusions and misaligned bite patterns.
Plaque
A sticky, bacteria-containing film that coats the teeth.
SmartTrack
The medical-grade, multilayer polyurethane plastic that makes up Invisalign aligners.

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A beautiful smile is not just a matter of aesthetics — it can also greatly impact your oral health. Whether you need Invisalign or traditional braces, Smile By Dr. K can help. Call us today at 818-574-4436 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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