Invisalign offers a flexible and effective alternative to braces for some patients
- Invisalign is a transparent, mouthguard-like dental appliance that can offer an alternative to braces for patients who do not have complex or severe tooth-alignment issues.
- Invisalign offers numerous benefits over traditional braces, including being nearly unnoticeable, allowing for easier brushing, permitting the patient to eat any food they like and only requiring minimal trips to the orthodontist.
- Invisalign is a less-powerful treatment option that may take longer or be unable to sufficiently correct oral problems. The Orthodontists at Sudbury Dental believe that its effectiveness is also highly dependent on patient compliance, requiring the apparatus to be worn at least 22 hours each day.
Invisalign versus braces
People with misaligned teeth have far more treatment options today than in decades past. One of the more-revolutionary treatment options that have come into being in recent times is called Invisalign. Invisalign consists of a mouthguard-like apparatus that is specially fitted to the patient’s mouth, using a progression of these dental appliances that slowly move teeth into the desired final position.
Invisalign has multiple concrete benefits over traditional braces. But the technology of dental braces has also been in constant development, leading to innovative solutions like lingual and ceramic braces, which are both far more difficult to notice.
While Invisalign may present an attractive alternative to braces for many patients, traditional braces are still the gold-standard treatment for complex or severe oral issues, particularly where an overbite or underbite is involved. Dental braces may also have the advantage of a more-certain outcome as well as faster treatment times. But for many patients, choosing braces or Invisalign requires carefully considering the benefits and drawbacks of both treatment options. Sudbury Dental can help you consider your tooth-straightening options and make the best choice for your unique case.
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign works by slowly moving the teeth towards the desired final position through the use of a series of transparent aligners. The patient’s mouth is captured using sophisticated 3D computer-based rendering. The aligners are then produced before the treatment begins and are switched out for one another on a specified time schedule.
At Sudbury Dental, we can keep the visits of patients who go with Invisalign to a minimum, freeing up more of their valuable time.
Invisalign offers several concrete advantages over traditional braces, some of which are completely unique to this form of dental treatment.
Let’s look at the strongest reasons a patient may elect to go with Invisalign over braces:
- With Invisalign, you won’t look like you just got braces Although it is often normal for younger people to wear braces, many are still self-conscious about getting such a conspicuous and face-altering long-term dental treatment. Invisalign is virtually transparent, being almost unnoticeable to others.
- Traditional braces can also affect the speech of some wearers. Invisalign is designed to minimize effects on speech. For those who have mild to moderate tooth misalignment, Invisalign offers a treatment solution that is often close to equally effective while delivering clearly superior aesthetics.
- Invisalign allows you to eat anything you want Braces to come with a few food restrictions that must be carefully followed in order to prevent damage and the need for frequent trips to the orthodontist for repairs. While Invisalign must be worn at least 22 hours per day in order to achieve optimum results, this still allows for plenty of time to eat entire meals with the apparatus removed from the mouth.
- Invisalign does not affect brushing or flossing Invisalign also can be removed each day in order to brush and floss. Traditional braces can make brushing and flossing a real chore, requiring dental floss to be carefully worked beneath the wires and often causing food to get stuck in the braces’ structure.
But Invisalign imposes no constraints on brushing or flossing, allowing patients to carry out their dental hygiene tasks normally. With Invisalign, you don’t need to visit your dentist or orthodontist every month The Invisalign aligners are all produced at the beginning of treatment, the time spent at the dentist or orthodontist’s office is dramatically reduced.
Braces require adjusting about every four weeks or so. And this can be somewhat time consuming. By contrast, Invisalign only requires a brief checkup roughly every two months. And this is only to ensure that the treatment is progressing satisfactorily. At Sudbury Dental, we have successfully helped many patients achieve their perfect smiles with Invisalign. As a result, we are fully comfortable recommending this treatment option to those who place a high value on the benefits given above and who have cases that will be amenable to Invisalign’s treatment regimen.
How Do Braces Work?
Braces involve metal brackets that are fasted to the teeth using powerful cement-like glue. Metal wires are then strung through the brackets, which are further anchored to the back molars using special orthodontic bands. The braces are then carefully adjusted in order to exert pressure in a very particular way that will slowly move the teeth towards their desired final position, reshaping the bones that hold them in the process.
Strengths Of Braces?
Braces are still the gold-standard treatment for misaligned teeth, is virtually guaranteed to work on even the most complex or severe cases.
Here are a few reasons that braces are still the go-to choice for a large number of patients. Braces get the job done, no matter how difficult
- If you have tooth-alignment issues that involve the jaw, including an overbite or underbite, then braces will likely be recommended.
- Braces are also more likely to achieve treatment goals in virtually all cases, getting the job done faster and not being potentially compromised by non-compliance of the patient.
- Sudbury Dental will always recommend braces when Invisalign is contraindicated. But we are also among the most-experienced dental offices in Sudbury when it comes to aligning teeth with traditional braces and can accommodate any patient who would prefer them.
- Braces can truly yield a perfect smile
With the ability of orthodontists or dentists to adjust braces during treatment, achieving a perfect smile is all but a foregone conclusion. With Invisalign, end results will have more variance.
There are now many options besides traditional braces
Ultimately, you should always seek an assessment by your dentist or orthodontist at Sudbury Dental when determining which treatment modality is best for your unique dental profile. For top oral care by Sudbury’s dental experts, please visit our homepage.