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Invisalign vs. Braces: Which is Right for You

Orthodontics are able to provide many benefits to both the health and appearance of your smile. Many patients choose Invisalign® for its practical and cosmetic benefits, but others may require traditional braces because of their ability to treat more severe issues. Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel, can explain the benefits of Invisalign® vs. braces at their office in Queens.

Traditional Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of brackets attached to the front of your teeth that are connected with a metal wire. The metal wire is held in place by a series of rubber bands, which help the wire exert pressure on your teeth, and shift them into proper position. The treatment time for braces is longer than with Invisalign®, with the average treatment period lasting two years. For patients with bridgework, significant bite issues, rotated teeth, vertically misaligned teeth, and other severe alignment issues, braces may be the only solution.

The smooth plastic used for Invisalign® trays is virtually invisible, custom fit to your smile, and will not irritate gums or other soft tissues.

However, having a smile full of metal hardware can affect self confidence in children and adults alike. Braces remain attached to the teeth until the correction process is complete. This aspect means patients must avoid various foods and drinks that can damage brackets and wires. Brushing and flossing also requires extra effort to clean around the delicate hardware. In addition, braces require regular adjustments and appointments that can be prove painful and inconvenient. Traditional braces can also cause pain, sores, and discomfort from wires and brackets coming into contact with soft tissues.

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Invisalign® treatment uses a series of clear aligner trays to gradually shift your teeth into proper position. These trays are able to address a variety of concerns such as:

You will typically move on to the next tray in the series every two weeks, and have follow-up appointments every four to six weeks. The total treatment time takes about six to 18 months based on correction needs, with the average treatment period lasting about a year.

The smooth plastic used for the aligner trays is virtually invisible, custom fit to your smile, and will not irritate gums or other soft tissues. The trays are can also be quickly and easily removed. This feature allows you to eat all the hard, crunchy, or sticky foods you love, without having to worry about damaging any orthodontic hardware. You can also undergo cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening while receiving treatment. In addition, brushing and flossing will continue to be as easy as before.

Although Invisalign® is a highly convenient option, it does require dedication to the prescribed treatment plan. Patients need to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily, removing aligners only during meals and when brushing or flossing.

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Orthodontic treatment does not need to include painful, conspicuous metal braces. To receive convenient, individualized Invisalign® treatment from the doctors at Astoria Dental Group, contact our office today and schedule a consultation..

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

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Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.
Frank Navas
March 4, 2022
Have been a long time patient. Dr Degel and staff are top notch and professional! He does AMAZING work the whole experience is very comfortable pain & stress free. They also will work with you on how to pay for services and help you improve your dental health which ultimately improves your overall health and well-being!! Thank Astoria Dental and Dr Degel & Staff!!
Jeff Fralick
March 1, 2022
Dr Degel and his staff did outstanding work for me. Very attentive and friendly. I would recommend Astoria Dental Group to anyone looking for quality dental work. I had my entire top replaced with new implants and I feel like a new person. 5 stars all around!

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