Invisalign vs. Metal Braces: Options in Teeth Straightening

If your teeth are crooked, you have more than a cosmetic problem on your hands. Poorly aligned teeth can lead to increased grinding that wears down tooth enamel. Problems speaking and pain in the jaw are other issues you face with crooked teeth. Invisalign “clear” braces as an attractive alternative to metal braces.

Dietary Restrictions and Caring for Braces

Some patients are disappointed they cannot enjoy some favorite foods when wearing metal braces. Popcorn, apples and potato chips are three popular foods that are impossible with metal braces, and the list only begins there. Invisalign patients do not have these restrictions, as you simply remove the retainer until you are finished eating.

Caring for braces is another area where the Invisalign system differs from metal braces. Invisalign patients remove the retainer and observe regular dental hygiene. With metal braces, brushing and flossing become difficult. It may even frustrate some patients and force them to brush or floss less often. When you visit Century City Dental Group, Dr. Elliot Nayssan will explain the issues and process of caring for braces in detail.

Invisalign vs. Metal Braces: Comfort and Appearance

Besides the problems with food and dental care, patients with metal braces may feel discomfort for several days after the dentist wires them in place. Your chin, jaw and teeth may continue with this discomfort for weeks. Invisalign patients have the advantage of wearing a fitted retainer. We shape the retainer to fit your mouth so you experience a greater level of comfort while your teeth are being correctly aligned.

Perhaps the biggest difference between Invisalign and metal braces is how people treat you when you wear them. Metal braces are impossible to disguise and can be embarrassing for some. Invisalign retainers are virtually invisible and allow you to feel confident in your day to day activity.

There are several options available when you need to repair crowded or crooked teeth. Dr. Nayssan will make sure you have the solution for a perfect smile. For more information or to schedule your complimentary consultation please visit or contact us at (310) 557-1704.

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