Invisalign aligners are clear plastic aligners that orthodontists use to straighten teeth and fix bite problems. Traditional braces have visible metal brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth and are visible when the mouth is open. Clear aligners, on the other hand, have become more popular in recent years because they allow people to straighten their teeth or fix bite problem without people noticing.
Spend less time at the orthodontist office with Invisalign
When a person with crooked teeth or bite problems goes to a dentist to get the problem fixed, the orthodontist will examine their mouth and go over their treatment options. If the dentist determines that the problem can be fixed with Invisalign aligners, they will explain how the treatment works to the patient.
What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets bonded to the surface of the front teeth and held in place by wires which are attached to the brackets in the mouth. The brackets and wires gradually move the teeth into the desired position until it straightens the teeth or fixes the bite problem.
Invisalign aligners are aligners that are customized to each patient's mouth to fix the problem with their teeth. When they go for the evaluation, the orthodontist will make a 3D impression of the mouth, which is then used to make a projection of how the teeth will gradually shift into place with the aligners.
The impression is then sent to a laboratory where a tray of aligners is made. These trays could contain anywhere from 12-22 aligners that each have to be used to correct the problem. The dentist will also tell the patient how long they should use each aligner before discarding it and using the next one in the tray. When the aligners in the tray are finished, the teeth should have moved to the desired position.
Which treatment option is faster?
The treatment time using both options differs depending on the severity of the problem with the teeth, but Invisalign generally straightens teeth in 12 to 18 months, while traditional braces take an average of six to 24 months.
Which treatment option is more convenient?
When it comes to convenience, Invisalign aligners are the better option because they are more comfortable and do not require as much attention as braces. Having braces in the mouth limits options when it comes to what a person can eat, which is why the orthodontists provide their patients with a list of foods to avoid. Cleaning the braces also takes more time because the food particles that get stuck in the brackets have to be removed. Patients also have to visit their dentist at last once a month to get the braces tightened.
With Invisalign, there are no restrictions on what patients are allowed to eat because they can take the aligner out before eating. Brushing teeth and flossing is also much easier because there is no need to to worry about brackets and wires getting in the way. Unlike traditional braces, the patient already has all the aligners they will need during treatment and do not have to go to the dentist for checkups as much as people with braces have to do, which saves some time.
Traditional braces are very effective in treating crooked teeth and bite problems. However, if you want to save some time, limit your trips to the orthodontist and fix your teeth without everybody knowing about it, ask your dentist if Invisalign can work for you.
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