A certified Invisalign provider, Dakota Dental now offers patients the chance to learn more about Invisalign services with a free consultation at its Apple Valley clinic.
Most patients living with either crooked teeth or spaces experience a lack of confidence about their smile. Although traditional braces and Invisalign both work to straighten teeth, patients may still have trouble deciding which option best aligns with their daily routine.
Traditional braces use metal brackets and wires to align teeth over a period of time. These braces adhered to the teeth and remain there throughout the course of the patient’s treatment. Braces can be particularly beneficial for patients with complex dental issues.
Patients with traditional braces may require routine visits, typically every 4-6 weeks, to their dentist’s office to adjust their brackets and wires. It’s important for patients with braces to take care of their teeth and practice good oral health habits, including careful brushing and flossing twice a day to prevent foods from getting stuck between brackets or underneath wires. Patients should also avoid extremely sticky or crunchy foods that could damage their braces.
In comparison, Invisalign is made up of a smooth plastic material that covers the teeth and is practically invisible to the eye. Since Invisalign does not have any metal material, its aligners tend to be more comfortable for patients compared to traditional braces. Invisalign aligners are also detachable, so patients can remove them prior to eating.
Though it may be convenient for patients to remove their Invisalign aligners whenever they wish, it is important patients wear them at least 20-22 hours per day. Otherwise, it may interfere with treatment and prevent the patient from achieving desired results. In addition, aligners need to be changed every two weeks, in comparison to every 4-6 weeks for traditional braces.
Finally, patients typically experience a shorter treatment duration when using Invisalign versus traditional braces, and the cost between the two treatments is similar.
To learn more about our clinic’s Invisalign services, schedule a free consultation with Dakota Dental today, where you’ll learn more about the procedure as well as our special financing options.