In years gone by, the only option for straightening teeth was the traditional set of metal braces; however, advancements in the world of orthodontics has led to the creation of a revolutionary new teeth-straightening solution, Invisalign.
Two Methods Offering the Same Result: Braces vs. Invisalign
Traditional braces consist of metal brackets attached to the teeth. These brackets are tied together by metal wires and rubber bands. Braces remain on the teeth until the teeth-straightening treatment is complete. Although advancements in orthodontics have improved the comfort level and appearance of braces, even with these improvements braces can still be bothersome.
Invisalign is one of the newest teeth-straightening solutions available. This innovative orthodontic device is nearly invisible, which is one of the reasons that many teenagers and adults choose this teeth-straightening option. Furthermore, instead of metal brackets and wires, this innovative treatment consists of custom-made, smooth plastic aligners.
How We Create Your Custom-Designed Aligners
A 3D image of your teeth is created using a digital impression, pictures and X-rays. This image is used to create your custom-designed aligners. These aligners will be worn over your teeth, they are removable and are much more comfortable than traditional braces could ever be.
With Invisalign, Comfort is Key
Traditional Metal Braces Can be Uncomfortable.
While traditional metal braces accomplish the task at hand since they consist of wires and brackets, braces tend to be somewhat uncomfortable. If a wire or bracket begins to rub on your inner cheek, you may experience pain and develop a mouth sore. This can be especially frustrating if you are trying to concentrate on finishing an important project or an assignment.
The Invisalign Difference
With custom-made aligners, there are no wires or brackets to poke your gums or the soft tissue of your inner cheeks.
While patients usually experience a bit of soreness when they switch out to a new set of aligners (typically every two weeks), the majority of our patients find this to be a minor inconvenience that fades rather quickly (typically within a day). This soreness results from your new aligner varying slightly from the aligner you are replacing. These variations in the aligners are designed to gradually move your teeth into a more desirable position.
Some of our patients find it beneficial to switch out their aligners prior to going to bed because this allows their mouths to adjust to the slight changes in their aligners as they sleep.
Invisalign Aligners Are Removable
With braces, food particles frequently become stuck between the brackets and wires, which makes it difficult to maintain good dental hygiene. Since these aligners are removed while eating as well as prior to brushing and flossing, patients can more effectively maintain their teeth and gums.
Treatment Time: Braces vs. Invisalign
Although treatment time varies from one patient to the next, the average length of time a patient wears traditional braces ranges from 18 months to 3 years.
Invisalign treatment works differently than braces and is much less invasive, which may initially make it difficult to determine how long a patient will need to wear aligners; however, most patients wear their aligners somewhere between 6 and 18 months. The length of time a patient wears his or her aligners depends greatly on how well the patient follows the recommended guidelines of keeping the aligners in at least 20 to 22 hours a day. At Docbraces, most of our Invisalign patients complete their treatment in approximately 12 months.
Why Choose Docbraces?
At Docbraces, we strive to provide our patients with the most innovative treatments at affordable prices. From family discounts, to incentive programs and interest-free payment plans, we are dedicated to keeping dental care costs reasonable. Docbraces also offers flexible appointment times, T-Link online patient portals, free consultations and complimentary second opinions.
If you are an adult considering orthodontic treatment, chances are you would like to know more about Invisalign. One of the Premium Invisalign Providers at your nearest Docbraces’ facility can help you decide if this treatment is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary consultation.