Is the Procedure for Removing Invisalign Braces Different from Metal Braces?

Is the removal process the same? Is the surface of the tooth in better shape after Invisalign is removed, or does it not matter?

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Invisalign does not harm enamel when removed.

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Traditional brackets have tobe removed with pliers that snap off the bracket and can damage enamel due to the force needed. Invisalign attachments are made of composite so then can be easily polished off without ever touching the enamel..

Los Angeles Dentist

Invisalign vs braces removal

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The two are totally different. Metal braces have wires and brackets. With metal braces, the Dentist needs to remove every single bracket on each tooth and clean the remaining cement bonded or attached to the teeth. With Invisalign, after the last set of trays, you're set! All that needs to be done is to remove the attachments placed on the initial visit. Bottom line: Removal on Invisalign has less chair time than metal braces.

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Invisalign is not braces

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In the traditional sense.  Many cases have nothing at all bonded to any teeth, so there is nothing to remove.  Sometimes some resin is bonded to teeth to allow the aligners to work better, and this is easily polished off.  Traditional braces are bonded in place and the residual cement, after the brackets are removed, is easily polished off.  Neither process damages the teeth.

Removing invisalign buttons

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Removing invisalign buttons is a simple as buffing and polishing the front of your teeth.   It is the same as removing brackets.  It is sage and does not harm the teeth in any way.

Removal procedure for braces vs Invisalign

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The procedure to remove the residual resin glue  for braces is identical to removing the resin from Invisalign attachments.  The procedure is safe and does not harm the teeth in either case.

Brian Povolny, DDS, PhD
Seattle Orthodontist

Removing Invisalign vs metal braces

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Invisalign is not bonded to the teeth like fixed metal or ceramic brackets.  

Invisalign usually requires some small lumps of dental glue to be bonded to some of the teeth.  This is polished off by the orthodontist with a dental drill when treatment is complete.

Metal or ceramic brackets are removed with pressure applied to the bracket.  The residual dental glue on each tooth is then polished off by the orthodontist with a dental drill.

Thomas Braun, DMD
Fairfield Orthodontist

Removal procedures for invisalign

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usually braces are glued to ever tooth, Invisalign only has attachments on certain teeth and sometimes no attachments at all so there is much less to remove with Invisalign.  That said, removing the attachment glue is similar to removing the glue used to hold the braces brackets

Robert Waxler, DMD, MS
Saint Louis Orthodontist

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