Orthodontic treatment has come a long way in recent years, with new and innovative techniques and technologies making it easier and more comfortable than ever before. Among the most popular options are SureSmile® and Invisalign®, which offer a more discreet and less intrusive approach to teeth straightening than traditional braces.
But what exactly is the difference between the two? Let’s take a closer look.
What Is SureSmile®?
SureSmile® is a type of orthodontic treatment that uses advanced 3D imaging and computer-aided design to create custom-made archwires tailored to fit the unique shape of each patient’s teeth. This allows for more precise and efficient movement of the teeth, resulting in a shorter overall treatment time and fewer office visits.
One of the key benefits of SureSmile® is that it can be used to treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, from simple crowding and spacing to more complex bite problems. It is also suitable for patients of all ages, from children to adults.
What Is Invisalign®?
Invisalign® is another popular type of orthodontic treatment that uses clear, removable aligners to gradually move the teeth into the desired position. These aligners are custom-made for each patient using 3D imaging technology and are replaced every two weeks as the teeth shift.
One of the main advantages of Invisalign® is that the aligners are virtually invisible, making them a popular choice for adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. They are also removable, which means patients can continue to eat and drink their favorite foods without restriction.
What Are the Differences between SureSmile® and Invisalign®?
While both SureSmile® and Invisalign® are designed to straighten teeth and improve overall oral health, there are some key differences between the two.
One of the main differences between SureSmile® and Invisalign® is the length of treatment time. SureSmile® typically takes around 20% less time than traditional braces, while Invisalign® treatment can take anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on the severity of the case. However, it’s worth noting that every patient is different, and treatment times may vary.
Both SureSmile® and Invisalign® are effective at straightening teeth but may be better suited to different cases. SureSmile® is particularly effective at correcting more complex orthodontic issues, such as bite problems, while Invisalign® may be better suited to mild to moderate crowding or spacing.
Another factor to consider is comfort. While both SureSmile® and Invisalign® are designed to be more comfortable than traditional braces, some patients may find one option more comfortable.
SureSmile® uses custom-made archwires designed to fit the contours of the teeth, which can reduce friction and discomfort. Invisalign® aligners are made from smooth plastic and are less likely to irritate the cheeks and gums.
Finally, the cost is another consideration. While both SureSmile® and Invisalign® can be more expensive than traditional braces, the price can vary depending on several factors, including the severity of the case, the length of treatment, and the location of the orthodontist. It’s important to speak to an Invisalign orthodontist or SureSmile® provider to get an accurate quote for your individual case.
The choice between SureSmile® and Invisalign® will depend on your needs and preferences. If you have a more complex orthodontic issue or prefer a shorter treatment time, SureSmile® may be the better option for you. If you want a more discreet and flexible approach to teeth straightening, Invisalign® may be the way to go.
In either case, it’s essential to seek an experienced and qualified orthodontist who can help you make an informed decision and guide you through the treatment process. Whether you choose SureSmile® or Invisalign®, you can look forward to a healthier, more beautiful smile.
Talk to a SureSmile and Invisalign orthodontist when you choose Comfort Dental Of Framingham. We offer both treatment options and can help you decide which one is right for you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step towards a straighter, healthier smile.