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What Are the Key Differences Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces for Adults?

At Dr. Dante Gonzales Orthodontics, we understand that adults seeking orthodontic treatment often have different needs and preferences compared to younger patients. Two popular options are Invisalign and clear braces, each with unique advantages.

Appearance: One of the primary differences is visibility. Invisalign uses clear, removable aligners that are nearly invisible, making them a discreet option for adults concerned about aesthetics. In contrast, clear braces consist of tooth colored, or clear brackets and wires, which are more noticeable, but still fairly discreet.  They metal brackets are much more noticeable. 

Comfort: Invisalign aligners are made of smooth plastic, reducing the risk of irritation to the cheeks and gums. Clear and metal braces, while effective, can sometimes cause discomfort due to the hardware rubbing against the cheeks and lips.

Convenience: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to eat, drink, brush, and floss with ease. This flexibility fits well into the busy lives of adults. Traditional braces, whether they are metal or clear, however, are fixed to the teeth and require careful cleaning to maintain oral hygiene. We usually recommend brushing 3-4 times per day when wearing braces. 

Treatment Duration: Both methods are effective, but treatment times can vary. Invisalign often provides quicker results for mild to moderate cases, while traditional braces may be necessary for more complex dental issues and can take longer.

Follow-Up Visits: Invisalign typically requires fewer orthodontic visits (usually every 12-15 weeks), which can be a significant advantage for adults with hectic schedules. Traditional braces need regular adjustments, meaning more frequent trips to the orthodontist (about every 5-8 weeks).

At Dr. Dante Gonzales Orthodontics, we tailor our treatments to meet the specific needs of our adult patients. Whether you choose Invisalign or clear or meta braces, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact us today to discuss which option is best for you.

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"We are extremely pleased with Dr. Gonzales and his wonderful staff. He and his staff are patient and understanding and they make my son feel completely at ease. They make every visit stress-free and fun for siblings who have to wait in the waiting room too! *thumbs up* Thank you!!!"Betty W.best dublin ca orthodontist
"Dr. Gonzalez and his team always gave excellent service. Staff is very friendly and always made my daughter feel relaxed. She has a beautiful smile. Thank you!"Tammy F.best dublin ca orthodontist
"The Smith family loves this office! I am so thankful my kids get to go to Dr Gonzales! Thanks for making us feel so special every time we walk in the door."Laurie S.best dublin ca orthodontist
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*The reviews listed are from actual patients of Dante Gonzales Orthodontics. Individual results may vary. Reviews are not claimed to represent results for everyone.
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