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Can You Switch from Braces to Invisalign?

August 30, 2023

switch from braces to invisalignThe dream is coming true – you are working toward getting the smile of your dreams . . . there is just one hiccup – you don’t love the treatment you have right now. If you currently wear braces – whether you’ve had them on for a day, a week, or a year – and you aren’t happy with the results, we encourage you to chat with Dr. Susan Ellison and her team about switching to Invisalign.

Reasons for Switching

Braces are the tried and true treatment for misaligned teeth, but in the last thirty years, a new treatment has gained immense popularity among older teens and adults. Invisalign offers a discreet option to straighten teeth and correct gaps without drawing attention to yourself – something working professionals and students love. The reasons for switching from braces to Invisalign can be one or many. Here are some reasons we have heard from our patients:

  • Traditional braces take too long
  • Braces are uncomfortable
  • It takes too much time to brush or floss after every meal
  • Can’t take braces out for pictures or when eating
  • Braces need adjusting or need replacement parts when something breaks
  • Braces are embarrassing

The list can go on and on and we have heard them all! While we think that braces are still an excellent choice for orthodontic correction, for patients wanting to make the switch to Invisalign – we completely get it!

The Process to Switch to Invisalign

At Susan Ellison Dentistry & Cosmetics, we specialize in designing a smile you will love forever! We recommend first consulting with the orthodontist who installed your braces to request removal, but if you are too uncomfortable to do that, our office can also remove them. This is a simple procedure and can be taken out in one appointment. After that, Dr. Ellison and her team can discuss your options and the treatment plan for Invisalign.

Reasons to Stay with Braces

There aren’t many reasons why you wouldn’t want to switch from braces to Invisalign – but there are some. Because Invisalign is a series of removable aligners, it is important that patients are old enough to have the discipline to keep the aligners in place. If removed for eating, it is essential that the aligners are immediately put back in to continue toward a successful outcome. This is why we recommend Invisalign for patients 16 years of age or older.

Additionally, Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces. If you are considering Invisalign but are concerned about your budget, talk to us about our financial options.

Get Straighter Teeth Faster Than Ever

We are ultimately very supportive of patients who decide to do Invisalign over traditional braces. Invisalign takes 1/3 of the time of braces, offers flexibility and comfort, and allows you to get an incredible smile without anyone else ever knowing! If you want Invisalign in Houston, Dr. Ellison can speed up the Invisalign treatment process to as little as 6 months for some patients! With her extensive training and experience, there is no need to wait. If you had braces but are not happy with the results, or you are currently wearing braces but think you may benefit from Invisalign, schedule an initial consult with Dr. Ellison today! We’d love to design a smile you’ll be proud to wear.

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