How Can Invisalign Braces Help Me?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment method using teeth aligners that are clear and removable. The latest alternative to traditional metal braces, Invisalign provides patients a more discreet way to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is marketed by a medical device company named Align Technology, Inc which designs and manufactures the clear teeth aligners. Invisible braces are the perfect choice for straightening any patient’s teeth and the treatments are faster compared to traditional metal braces.
Invisalign Braces for Teens and Adults
The Invisalign clear braces help patients to straighten their teeth without the unwanted look of a metal appliance. Invisalign braces have been used to treat various orthodontic conditions including:
- crooked teeth
- protruding teeth
- open bite
- crowded teeth
- gapped teeth
- under bite
- cross bite
The clear braces are made out of thermoplastic materials and are perfect for appearance-conscious teens and adults who need their teeth straightened.
Invisalign vs. Traditional Orthodontics
Invisalign versus traditional metal braces comes down to a personal decision. Since traditional braces require wires, brackets, and bands, most patients opt for Invisalign due to cosmetic reasons. The traditional metal braces can cause more irritation and pain whenever they are adjusted. Generally speaking, the irritation and soreness from the clear braces lessens more quickly. Traditional braces also have more food restrictions and consuming the wrong food items can actually damage the metal structures.
The length of Invisalign dental treatment will depend on the severity of the patient’s misalignment. Dr. Schumann can best determine the length of the patient’s treatment plan, but the average treatment takes approximately 12 to 18 months. During the treatment period, patients will need to wear the clear teeth aligners for approximately 22 hours each day. Typically, they are only removed for eating, flossing and brushing.
Invisalign clear braces cost more but are quickly becoming a cosmetic-friendly method for straightening misaligned teeth in older teenagers and adult patients.
Benefits of Invisalign Braces
The primary advantage of using Invisalign clear braces is cosmetic as it gives the appearance that the patient isn’t wearing braces. Invisalign teeth aligners are transparent and much more difficult to detect when compared to traditional dental braces with wires and brackets. In addition to the aligners being more comfortable to wear, there are numerous functional features. For example, food is more easily consumed without the hassles of traditional metal braces.
Side effects of fixed appliances can also include advanced tooth decay, tooth root shortening, and loss of minerals due to patients not being able to remove the braces to clean the teeth properly. Patients using the Invisalign teeth aligners get a new set (which will lessen the force of the braces) every two weeks. Conversely, fixed metal braces are adjusted about every six weeks and additional force is applied each visit.
If invisible braces sounds appealing for you or your child, call Grove City Dental at 614-808-1700 or use our website’s Book an Appointment form to schedule your consultation.