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How to Decide if Invisalign Is Right for You

Orthodontic patients are looking to the team at Farrow Orthodontics near Glenside, PA to treat their orthodontic issues with Invisalign clear aligners. Dr. Anthony Farrow knows that the appropriateness of treatment with Invisalign must be based on the individual patient’s needs and treatment outcome goals. If Invisalign is an option for you, here is what you’ll need to know before choosing an Invisalign treatment near Glenside, PA.

  • Traditional braces cannot be removed. Traditional braces are an interconnected system 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 braces. 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 consistently and conscientiously 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. Invisalign aligners 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. 

Farrow Orthodontics near Glenside, PA helps all their patients make the best decisions about their conditions and their treatment. To schedule an appointment, call Dr. Anthony Farrow and the team at Farrow Orthodontics today at: (215) 247-9060