Q. I saw an Invisalign ad on TV. Can someone explain the difference between Invisalign and braces?
A. Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that fit over your teeth and incrementally move your teeth into the desired straight position. The aligners are replaced about every two weeks and are worn about 22 hours a day. They are removed to eat and drink but can be worn while drinking water. Invisalign is most effective at treating minor to moderate tooth crowding or spacing issues. Traditional braces utilize either metal or ceramic brackets to move teeth into the desired position. In some cases traditional braces can move teeth BETTER and are often recommended for more complex orthodontic cases. If you are interested in Invisalign, please call our office for a complimentary consultation at 253.848.4537, or visit us on the web at www.smilesbysutherland.com.