Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces
Many skeptics have challenged the idea that clear aligner therapies, like Invisalign®, can offer the same benefits as traditional braces. While it’s true the two differ in substance, they also differ in candidacy requirements, as well as the benefits they offer a patient.
Clear aligner orthodontic treatment has been around since the late 1990’s, offering patients an alternative to traditional metal braces. Below are some of the benefits of both Invisalign and traditional braces, as well as information about which option might be right for you.
Comparing Your Orthodontic Options
Unlike traditional metal braces, patients who undergo Invisalign treatment must first qualify as a candidate. The clear aligner therapy is a milder form of orthodontia, meaning it’s not a viable treatment option for patients with complex jaw issues or anything beyond the realignment of teeth. In turn, traditional metal braces can tackle a wide range of simple and complex cases, whether a patient needs their palate expanded or a severe crossbite corrected. In cases where a patient has more severe orthodontic issues, traditional braces may be recommended for more effective treatment.
What attracts most patients to the Invisalign option for orthodontic treatment is the discretion and removability of the appliance. Invisalign was designed to be nearly undetectable by onlookers, so many patients feel confident while wearing them. The aligner trays are easily removed for a convenient time eating, speaking, or brushing. Traditional metal braces tend to be more rigid in their approach. Because they’re affixed to each tooth, metal braces are more noticeable and can complicate a patient’s oral health routine and dietary choices.
How They Work
Traditional metal braces are connected by a single wire threaded through the metal bracket affixed to each tooth. This wire is changed throughout the length of treatment to various strengths that allow the orthodontist to shift teeth into proper alignment. Patients are required to visit the office every month for maintenance and adjustments.
Invisalign treatment involves using a series of clear, plastic aligners that are custom-crafted to gradually shift your teeth into their ideal alignment. After an initial impression is taken, we send the images to Invisalign’s lab so they can design the series of treatment trays. Each tray is replaced with the next in the progression every two or three weeks. Optimal results can be achieved when patients wear the trays for the recommended 22 hours a day.
If you’re considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, it’s important to stay informed of your options. If you have any questions about the benefits of Invisalign, or if you want to see if you’re a candidate, contact Sarah Kassam, DDS at Sandia Dental Care in Albuquerque today.
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