How to Decide if Invisalign is Right For You

Orthodontic patients in Brooklyn Heights are requesting that the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics treat their orthodontic issues with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Susan Liebman knows that the appropriateness of treatment with Invisalign must be based on the individual patient’s needs and treatment outcome goals. If Invisalign is the right choice for you or your family, here is what you’ll need to know before choosing an Invisalign treatment in Brooklyn Heights, NY.

  • Traditional braces cannot be removed. Traditional braces are comprised of brackets and wires that are affixed to your teeth. These are worn by the patient for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because they can’t be taken out by the patient, proper precautions must be made for eating to avoid damaging the appliance.  Physical activity, like participation in sports, may also expose the braces to damage.
  • Invisalign can be removed. Invisalign clear aligners are removable by the wearer for eating, brushing, and flushing and for cleaning the appliance. Invisalign needs to be worn so that it can work, however, and not wearing the aligners can cause complications and delays in treatment.
  • Traditional braces are made of metal brackets and wires. Metal braces are stable and effective for orthodontic treatment. They are not easily broken and can withstand much wear and tear. However, the sides (or wings) of the brackets can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth.
  • Invisalign aligners are made of plastic. They are strong, medical-grade, thermoplastic trays that are made to fit snugly around your teeth and move them into the precise positioning they require. They cause less discomfort than traditional braces, although they might not be as effective as traditional braces in more serious cases.

Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, NY helps all their patients make the best decisions about their conditions and their treatment. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Susan Liebman and the team at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics today at: 718-622-6741