When it comes to straightening your teeth, Invisalign is the most modern method of treatment.
It was first used in the late 1990’s and is improving every day. Traditional braces use wires, elastics, and brackets.
With Invisalign, none of these items are used.
Invisalign braces are simply made out of BPA free plastic. They are custom fit and come with multiple trays. The aligners are removable, but should be worn for most hours of the day for the best results.
The aligners are built to fit the specific shape of your mouth. A 3D model of your teeth will be created and your orthodontist will use a computerized images to show you what your results will look like both during and after the process.
It is important to be completely committed to the treatment before moving forward, as the aligners are made specifically for you. Each aligner corresponds with a different phase of the treatment plan, and you will be changing them almost every to weeks. They apply just enough force to move the teeth toward the desired placement.
How Long Does it Take for Invisalign to Be Completed?
Invisalign treatments usually take between six and eighteen months to be completed. Just like with regular braces, your treatment plan and the time it takes to reach your desired results will vary depending on the severity of your condition. Traditional braces are a bit more black and white in the sense that once they are on, they are on for the long haul. With Invisalign aligners, success depends on the individual. You have to wear them consistently, even though they are removable, to get the results you want.
Diet With Invisalign Vs Traditional Braces
With traditional braces, your diet needs to be adjusted and you may not be able to have your favorite items for many years. Caramel, gummy bears, snack bars, and gum are all off limits. Popcorn gets stuck, and hard veggies may be difficult to consume. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions! You can manage your meals, and incorporate all of the treats that you like into your day.
When Are Traditional Braces Better?
While Invisalign is great option for most cases, it is not for everyone. There are certain cases where it just may not work. Traditional braces will need to be utilized if the patient is deemed unsuitable for Invisalign. Most cases of teeth crowding, underbite, overbite, crossbite, open bite, and small gaps can be fixed with Invisalign. But, it is not recommended for tipped teeth, vertical movement, severe overbite, large tooth gaps, or rotation of the molars and canines.
Invisalign Time Length Vs Traditional Braces
Many ask about the length of time required for treatment with traditional braces compared to Invisalign aligners. There is no simple way to answer this, as all cases are different. There are various factors that determine the length of treatment required for each solution. Often times, patients make the decision between the two options based on which is more pleasing to the eye. With both solutions, your teeth will get the help they need to create a beautiful smile that will make for improved confidence for many years to come.