columbia invisalignMore and more people are opting for clear braces to correct misalignment and enjoy a straighter smile. But does everyone qualify for Invisalign? In some cases, traditional braces may provide a better solution to your misalignment. How do you know which option will work best for you?

Frequently Asked Questions About Invisalign?

Question: How do aligners differ from braces?

Answer: Braces employ an arch wire connected to metal brackets on the front of the teeth. Tension is used to reposition the teeth. However, with Invisalign a series of clear plastic aligners will be created to gradually move the teeth to optimal positions. Patients wear the aligners daily, between 20 and 23 hours. About once every two weeks the patient upgrades to a new set.

Question: What makes a qualifying candidate?

Answer: We look for patients over the age of 16 who have minor alignment issues. More serious cases of misalignment may benefit from traditional braces, which can handle severe malocclusion. We will decide which option will best improve your smile.

Question: How long does treatment last?

Answer: With the clear aligners, treatment lasts anywhere between a year and 18 months. The exact amount of time will depend on the cause and seriousness of your misalignment. With traditional braces, since they address more serious cases of misalignment, treatment could take between 18 months and 2 years.

Question: How do I get started?

Answer: First, schedule a consultation. We will discuss your smile goals and then carefully examine your teeth and jaw. From there, we can decide which option will best correct your smile. If you have any questions about either Invisalign or traditional braces, then please contact our office today.