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You probably know that Invisalign® offers a visually unobtrusive way to straighten teeth, but that doesn’t answer the one glaring question: Will Invisalign treatment hurt? And the truth is, it can, but not nearly as much as traditional wire and bracket braces.
Invisalign uses a series of aligners, each designed to gently push your teeth closer to their ideal position. When your teeth have moved as much as one set of aligners can take them, the next set will work to continue their movement in the direction of the perfect bite.
In adults, this movement is happening to teeth that are set in bone that is no longer malleable, which can cause a dull and throbbing discomfort for one to two days after graduating to a new set of aligners. In teens, this may be less of an issue because the jawbone is not yet set, making tooth movement slightly easier. This isn’t to say that Invisalign treatment is painless for teens, although it is traditionally less painful than braces.
Braces move teeth through manual adjustments of arch-wire. When tightened, the wire pulls on brackets, moving teeth through slight force and gradually straightening the smile. Not only can this take longer than Invisalign to produce results, but the manual tightening can also cause significant discomfort – sometimes for days – in both teens and adults. What’s more, wires can poke lips and gums, and brackets can rub against lips and cheeks, further causing discomfort during treatment with traditional braces.
When looked at side-by-side, Invisalign is the clear winner in the comfort department. This is not, however, the only benefit offered by this orthodontic treatment.
Additional benefits of Invisalign, when compared to braces, include:
When compared to braces, Invisalign offers a number of demonstrable benefits without compromising high-quality results. If you are interested in learning if Invisalign is the right choice for you, we welcome an opportunity to meet with you, assess your smile, and discuss all of your options to help you choose the best solution.
Call Oradell Family Dentistry at 201-384-9292 to schedule your Invisalign consultation today. Located in Oradell, New Jersey, Dr. Perlmutter and our friendly staff welcome families from all surrounding communities including New Milford, Haworth, Emerson, Paramus, and nearby areas of Bergen County.