Invisalign or Braces: Which to Choose?

Invisalign or Braces: Which to Choose?

We know that when it comes to straightening smiles, traditional braces are what might first come to mind. Yet we’re hearing more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, both from the company itself (Align Technology, Inc.) and from professional providers like orthodontists. In this post, I will discuss my perspective as well as the merits and drawbacks of each treatment.

 Traditional Braces

 In the past, traditional braces have been the only option to correct issues like crowding, spacing, overbite or underbite. Brackets cemented to the face of the tooth hold a wire that runs lengthwise to apply pressure, moving teeth into place with ties that secure wires to the brackets. A patient sees slight changes over time as the orthodontist makes adjustments every six to eight weeks.

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

 Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are clear BPA-free plastic appliances that offer patients an alternative to traditional metal, or even ceramic braces. Your orthodontist takes a digital scan of the teeth, creating a 3D image that’s used to produce a series of trays (aligners) made from a clear material worn by the patient almost all day (they should only be taken out to eat and brush/floss). Each aligner is configured to adjust the teeth according to a predetermined treatment plan mapped out by the orthodontist.

 Benefits

 Traditional Braces

  • Tried and true technology
  • Office visits every six to eight weeks
  • Compliance is virtually guaranteed as there are no decisions about whether to wear or not to wear them

 Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

  • Virtually invisible for aesthetic appeal
  • Office visits can often be spread out over fewer appointments
  • No limitations regarding food or oral hygiene
  • Most patients are candidates

Drawbacks

 Traditional Braces

  • Metal (or even ceramic) brackets and wires are visible
  • Discomfort from poking wires or brackets that rub the inner portion of the lips
  • Broken brackets that cause “emergency appointments”
  • Oral hygiene more challenging

Invisalign/Invisalign Teen

  • Compliance can sometimes be a challenge, especially with younger patients
  • Lost aligners can delay total treatment time
  • Must watch certain foods and beverages high in sugar/acid

 What’s right for you

 The decision to opt for Invisalign or Invisalign Teen over braces can be a difficult one and there are many factors to consider for both the patient and orthodontist. Invisalign allows for more freedom and is virtually invisible compared to braces, but compliance is key regarding successful results. Further, Invisalign may not be the best option for everyone.

 Before making your decision, remember there are trade-offs with each treatment, and you will need to consult your orthodontist to determine the most effective option to perfect your smile!

Dr. Seth Kleinrock has over 18 years of experience practicing as a specialist in orthodontics. He has earned “Diamond Status” status for his outstanding work in the practice and has been named the #1 Invisalign Provider for adults and teens on Long Island. Additionally, he gives lectures to other practices all over Long Island as an expert in Invisalign. Why visit another practice when you can be seen by the best?! 

Click below for a complimentary consultation at Kleinrock Orthodontics!

Our family-focused, friendly team is excited to meet you! 

Kleinrock Orthodontics serves Long Beach, Merrick, Lido, Point Lookout, Atlantic Beach, Far Rockaway, Hewlett, Oceanside, Island Park, Valley Stream, Malverne, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Rockaway Park, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Lawrence, Inwood, Rockaway Park and the surrounding areas.

Invisalign First – Now Available For Kids as Young as Six!

Invisalign First – Now Available For Kids as Young as Six!

The same impressive Invisalign technology adapted for children who have mixed adult and juvenile teeth, aged 6 to 10-years-old.

At Kleinrock Orthodontics we highly recommend having your child seen by an experienced orthodontist around their 7th birthday. Why so soon? Early orthodontic treatment isn’t for everyone but in specific cases, a child comes to us with moderate to severe orthodontic issues that just can’t wait for later treatment. This is referred to as Phase 1 treatment or early interceptive treatment and is performed before all of a child’s permanent teeth have erupted, a situation called early mixed dentition (a mixture of primary/baby and permanent teeth.)

As a parent, we know it’s hard to imagine your little one in braces at such an early age. That’s why we’re excited to tell you that Invisalign is now an option for our younger patients in need of Phase 1 treatment!

Children ages 6-10 can now be treated by Invisalign First for issues typically solved via arch expanders, or partial metal braces. The new Invisalign First clear aligners are designed specifically to address a broad range of younger patients’ problems. Early treatment can prevent more severe problems or alignment issues that could get worse later on while providing a foundation for permanent teeth to begin to erupt.

Invisalign First uses the same comfortable clear aligners as adult and teen Invisalign treatment. At the same time, Invisalign First clear aligners expand on key innovations and have been specifically designed for growing patients with new and unique features and functionality. The Invisalign First aligners were created exclusively for younger patients with shorter tooth crowns and what the company calls its Eruption Compensation feature that makes it possible to treat erupting or changing dentition. In other words, Invisalign First can accommodate baby teeth falling out and permanent tooth growing in all while adjusting your child’s teeth according to the plan Dr. Kleinrock has laid out. We know your child’s health is precious – this technology was extensively tested prior to release and Dr. Kleinrock has found it to be a great tool for early orthodontic treatment.

“Invisalign First” has the same benefits Invisalign has always offered: no food restrictions, no change in brushing or cleaning, and less chance of emergency visits. Plus all of this comes at an expense similar or less than traditional braces.

Dr. Seth Kleinrock has over 18 years of experience practicing as a specialist in orthodontics. He has earned “Diamond Status” status for his outstanding work in the practice and has been named the #1 Invisalign Provider for adults and teens on Long Island. Additionally, he gives lectures to other practices all over Long Island as an expert in Invisalign. Why visit another practice when you can be seen by the best?!

If your child is approaching their seventh birthday or recently passed that fun milestone, click below for a complimentary consultation at Kleinrock Orthodontics and ask us about Invisalign First!

Our family-focused, friendly team is excited to meet you!

Kleinrock Orthodontics serves Long Beach, Merrick, Lido, Point Lookout, Atlantic Beach, Far Rockaway, Hewlett, Oceanside, Island Park, Valley Stream, Malverne, Baldwin, Rockville Centre, Rockaway Park, Cedarhurst, Woodmere, Lawrence, Inwood, Rockaway Park and the surrounding areas.