Invisalign clear aligners are desirable for patients who wish to straighten their teeth in a subtle fashion coupled with the convenience of removing their clear braces to eat and complete their daily oral maintenance of brushing and flossing.
Traditional braces are made up of metal bands and brackets that are permanently cemented to teeth throughout the straightening process. While individuals of all ages might desire the clear removable braces, some patients (children and young teens) may not possess the maturity needed to keep track of aligners and remember to replace them.
A consultation with your orthodontist will outline the advantages of one program over the other to help you determine what teeth straightening method is best for you or your child.
With Invisalign, the advantages include:
Appearance – The aligners are clear making the teeth straightening process virtually undetectable.
Comfort – The aligners are made from a material strong enough to gently reposition teeth to their correct placement, but without concerns about oral abrasions.
Removable – There are no food restrictions as aligners are removed for meals and snacking. Traditional braces are cemented in place with wires used to adjust the braces to keep teeth moving to their correct occlusion. Care must be taken to not break or bend the wires eliminating some foods from the diet.
Convenient – With Invisalign clear aligners, the patient can remove them to brush and floss their teeth daily. Hygiene appointments allow for your dental provider to thoroughly clean and examine teeth every six months throughout orthodontic treatment.
Invisalign aligners are updated every couple weeks by replacing the aligners with the next in the series. Each aligner has been fabricated to move teeth to their correct occlusion so by replacing them on a regular basis, the process keeps moving.
Wearing the aligners a minimum of twenty to twenty-two hours every day is critical to the progress needed to keep teeth straightening on track.
With both programs, upon completion the patient must wear a retainer while teeth develop a “memory” of their new location. Failure to follow this final step could result in teeth drifting back to their original position.
The final result with either method is an improved smile; but more importantly dental health will be greatly improved when teeth are straight and the occlusion corrected.
To learn which orthodontic treatment option is best for your needs, contact Bunn Orthodontic Group at 210-921-9191 and schedule your informative consultation today.