Traditional orthodontics, better known as metal braces, have long been the go-to option for getting teeth straightened. However, over the years, newer methods have been developed, and one of these is Invisalign.
What Makes Them Different?
When patients follow the dentist’s advice, both Invisalign and traditional braces have the same end results. However, they vastly differ from each other when it comes to how they straighten teeth. Traditional braces use brackets, wires, and rubber and need to be adjusted every once in a while. Meanwhile, Invisalign uses a set of clear aligners that are worn one after the other in a very particular order over two years. More importantly, with Invisalign, patients don’t have to visit the dentist as often as if they had traditional braces.
How Does Invisalign Exactly Work?
Invisalign was first manufactured by Align Technology in San Jose, California, and began sale in the United States in 1999. Since then, the technology has been used by dentists in more than 45 countries to straighten teeth.
The process starts with a consultation with an orthodontist and general dentist. The first thing they do is take photos and X-rays of the teeth. Then, they take impressions of the mouth. Also, if necessary, they will recommend removal any problem tooth or teeth so treatment can begin.
After preparing everything, the clear aligners are fabricated as a set. The patient will then have to wear each aligner in a particular order to straighten teeth. The average treatment time is around 13 to 14 months.
Are They Better Than Traditional Braces?
The main difference is that unlike traditional braces, the clear aligners can be removed at any time. Patients are recommended to wear the aligner for 21-22 hours every day. However, it’s also recommended to remove when eating, brushing and flossing teeth.
Being removable makes clear aligners extremely convenient for a lot of reasons. For one, patients don’t have to worry about what they eat. All they have to remember is to put them back on after. Plus, patients don’t have to worry about having to change their usual brushing and flossing habits. This is unlike with traditional braces, where patients have to learn more elaborate methods just to take proper care of them.
Is Invisalign Treatment Expensive?
The initial costs of Invisalign treatment are higher than traditional orthodontics. However, the actual costs may end up more or less the same. This is after factoring in the costs of frequent visits to the dentist with traditional braces for repairs and adjustments. Also, you’ll have to remember that most patients end up getting retainers anyway after the initial treatment.
It doesn’t matter whether you go with traditional braces or with the newer Invisalign treatment. What’s important is that you get your teeth straightened. Not only will this help improve your smile, but it will also help improve your overall health!
Schedule an appointment today to know more about Invisalign and whether they are a better option for you or not. Call Dental Associates of Hoboken at 201-795-2111 or www.dentalassociatesofhoboken.com.