Phoenix Dentist Explains Invisalign vs Conventional Braces

At Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix, AZ, our doctor, Justin Frost, DDS, finds his greatest professional satisfaction in seeing the restored confidence and joy that patients experience when they achieve the smiles of their dreams.

Our family-friendly and patient-centered dental team understands that no two patients are exactly alike and that their needs are unique. That’s why we offer a complete range of dental services for all ages and stages of life. That includes several options for patients who may wish to straighten their teeth, such as Invisalign clear aligners, Six Month Smiles cosmetic straightening, and traditional braces.

Many patients ask how Invisalign differs from conventional braces. It may help to understand how Invisalign works.

The concept of gradually moving the teeth into proper place with a series of positioners was envisioned in the mid-1940 by Dr. H.D. Kiesling. Invisalign perfected that technology in the late 1990s. Since then, more than two and a half million patients have been treated with the clear alignment trays.

Ideal treatment for people who want discreet straightening, Invisalign is virtually undetectable. A series of custom-designed aligners, created by precise 3D computer imaging, gently guide teeth into the desired position. A new, clear, and comfortable aligner tray is worn roughly every two weeks to continue the positive movement and alignment.

Invisalign vs. Conventional Braces

Braces and Invisalign both straighten teeth and resolve a number of oral health concerns such as overcrowding, spacing issues, crossbite, underbite, and overbite. The main differences between Invisalign and conventional braces are:

  • See through plastic aligners are invisible
  • With no wires or brackets, Invisalign trays may be removed for eating and for cleaning the teeth. This has the added benefit of allowing patients to floss and brush among teeth more effectively
  • No dietary restrictions are required for fear of food particles becoming trapped within the braces
  • Comfortable design won’t rub or irritate insides of the mouth or increase risk of tooth breakage

Braces, cosmetic braces like Six Month Smiles, and Invisalign are all viable options for creating a straighter, healthier smile. To find out which solution may be best for you, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Frost today. Appointments may be requested online or at (602) 704-0659.