Do you find yourself dreaming of a straighter smile, but don't want to face the reality of metal braces? Thankfully, traditional braces are not the only option! The Invisalign technology and metal braces are just about as different in appearance as they can be, however both accomplish the same goals, including: closing the spaces between teeth, correcting crowding of teeth, and guiding teeth into straighter positions.
The Invisalign technology is a newer, and often faster way to correct your smile, which have been successfully used by over 2 million people in their 15-year history! And the reasons many choose Invisalign aligners over traditional braces are important and extensive. Unlike traditional braces, which are affixed to your teeth, Invisalign aligners are completely transparent trays that slip right on top of your teeth, much like a whitening tray. While it is recommended that you wear them at least 20-22 hours each day to achieve the desired results in the correct time, you can remove them easily for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Maintaining proper oral hygiene is much more achievable with removable Invisalign aligners than traditional braces, as is keeping the aligners themselves fresh and clean.
Invisalign aligners are crafted from implantable-grade polyurethane. You will receive a new set of aligners to use every 2 weeks, with each set of aligners accounting for the shift your teeth have made with the aid of the previous aligners. While traditional metal braces are generally adjusted every 6 weeks, this shorter 2-week time frame for Invisalign aligners allows for your teeth to be moved with less force. This decreases pain and discomfort, and puts less strain on your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Before your Invisalign aligners are ordered, Dr. Nataupsky will go through many of the same steps that are required for other dental procedures. He will take dental impressions, x-rays and photographs, and send them along to the manufacturers of Invisalign to get your first set of customized aligners ready to change your smile!
When you’re deciding on an Invisalign dentist, it is important to work with someone with experience, skill, and a perfectionist drive. You’ll find all that and more in Dr. Nataupsky! An established dentist in Kingston, PA for many years, Dr. Nataupsky enjoys finding the ideal dental solution for every patient, every day. In the nearly 15 years since Invisalign was born, he has learned the ‘ins and outs’of this dental solution through research, training, patient experience, and his experience as an Invisalign dentist. Having a comprehensive knowledge of Invisalign itself - and Invisalign vs. Braces - helps him help you make the best decision for you.
We have structured our Invisalign page in a question and answer format to help you find just what you’re looking for as easily as possible. Don’t see the information you’re looking for below? Don’t worry! Simply call Dr. Nataupsky’s dental office in Kingston, PA at 570-331-8100 and a knowledgeable member of our team will be happy to help.
Here are some examples of before and after photos of patients that have used Invisalign.
Do Invisalign benefits go beyond looks alone? Absolutely! While most people who invest in Invisalign or traditional metal braces are seeking a more attractive smile, there is more than good looks to straight, aligned teeth. The benefits include: more even wear of all tooth surfaces, as they aren’t thrown off by an abnormal bite; easier, more thorough brushing, flossing and cleanings; healthier, happier gums. The simple fact is, the straighter and better-aligned your teeth are, the easier it is to keep them and your whole mouth cleaner and fresher.
I feel as though I might be too old for Invisalign aligners. Is there an age limit? Absolutely not! In fact, there isn’t an age limit on traditional metal braces either, though most people past their teen years have traditionally avoided them for fear of looking too young, or because they would interfere with their professional appearance. Here in our Kingston, PA office, we have seen Invisalign aligner success in patients of various ages, and truly feel you are never too old for a spectacular smile. In fact, many of our patients come to us for Invisalign because it is ‘their turn’ after dedicating time and money to their childrens’ smiles for so many years!
What are a few of the most common reasons people choose Invisalign aligners over traditional metal braces? While there are benefits to both Invisalign and metal braces, the overall comfort of Invisalign typically surpasses that of metal braces. There are no metal wires to poke and scratch your cheeks, the smooth, clear plastic is virtually invisible, and you can remove them to brush, floss, or even enjoy a candy apple at the fair! And, whether you’ve got senior pictures coming up, your wedding, or a big business meeting with the new boss, you won’t have to worry about your braces interfering with your desired appearance.
Is the Invisalign cost much greater than traditional metal braces? The cost of both Invisalign and metal braces varies from patient to patient in line with such variables as your treatment goals and the severity of the misalignment from the outset. That said, the Invisalign cost is comparable to that of metal braces in most cases.
How many people have used Invisalign? While Invisalign is relatively new compared to traditional metal braces, it was actually introduced almost 15 years ago. And since its storming onto the dental scene in 1999, Invisalign braces have made over 2 million patients smile much more confidently!
How often will I need to change my Invisalign aligners? As Invisalign slowly guides your teeth into their desired position, you will need new aligners approximately every 2 weeks. An Invisalign dentist will provide you with 4-6 weeks worth of aligners at each visit so you won’t have to return to the office every time you progress to the next set.
How satisfied are people with their Invisalign results? In short - VERY! Align Technology, Inc. conducted a US survey in 2009 regarding patients’ satisfaction with Invisalign results, and the satisfaction rate was an extraordinary 96%!
I’m still not sure which to choose in the Invisalign vs. Braces battle. How do I decide? Don’t worry - this isn’t a decision you have to make alone. Call us today for an appointment in our comfortable Kingston, PA office and Dr. Nataupsky can help you better understand which is the best solution for your unique needs. He will be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each with you to help you in making an informed, exciting decision. Whether you choose Invisalign or traditional braces, you are investing in your dental health and appearance, and we want that to be something you look forward to with enthusiasm!