Did you know that since Invisalign was developed in 1999 by Align Technology, it has helped to straighten over 2.4 million smiles? In case you have not heard about Invisalign, it is an alternative to orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Instead, Invisalign uses a system of clear, removable aligners to obtain the desired results. This breakthrough orthodontic technique is now making it easier than ever to have a perfectly aligned smile.
However, some people considering orthodontic treatment still wonder whether they should try Invisalign or stick with the tried and true traditional metal braces. Although metal braces are effective, more and more people are finding that Invisalign is the better option. Here are some of the key reasons why Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment:
Similar Results to Metal Braces
One main thing that people worry about is whether or not Invisalign can produce the same type of result as metal braces. Simply stated, Invisalign can yield similar results to those obtained by metal braces. This is because Invisalign uses the same mechanism to move the teeth as metal braces. While metal braces apply gentle pressure using brackets and wires, Invisalign uses specialized aligners made with SmartTrack® material to apply the same type of pressure. Both treatments gradually move the teeth into the desired position, however metal braces accomplish this by tightening the arch wire, while Invisalign uses progressive aligners. After treatment has been completed, both metal braces and Invisalign have similar retention rates as well.
Fixes a Range of Issues
Invisalign aligners can be used to correct a range of alignment problems. Not only does this include straightening crooked teeth, and eliminating gaps or areas where teeth overlap, but it also includes aligning the bite. Invisalign is capable of fixing malocclusion such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
One main reason why so many people elect to undergo Invisalign treatment over orthodontic treatment with metal braces is due to the fact that Invisalign treatment is discreet. The clear aligners used for Invisalign treatment are barely noticeable once in place over your teeth, meaning that you can undergo orthodontic treatment without the whole world noticing. This is a huge benefit for those who despise the look of metal braces or work in a profession where image is key.
Many patients also describe Invisalign aligners as being far more comfortable than metal braces. For starters, the clear aligners will not rub or cut into your lips like metal braces can. Also, the aligners are designed to fit snugly against the teeth and will not irritate the gums. However, you still may experience some minor soreness when starting a new aligner.
Another reason why Invisalign is the best orthodontic treatment is because it is easy. With Invisalign, you only need to remember to wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. This basically means that you will wear your aligners full-time, except when you eat, drink anything besides water, brush, or floss. Every 6-8 weeks, you will also need to visit your dentist to pick up your new aligners that will be switched out every 1-2 weeks, depending on your dentist’s instructions.
Invisalign treatment can also save you more time. The average treatment length is 12-18 months, which is less than the average treatment length for metal braces. Not only that, butI Invisalign requires less time in the dental chair since you don’t need to have adjustments made. Instead, you simply switch to the next aligner.
At this point, you are probably thinking that Invisalign sounds too good to be true and there must be a catch. While many people assume that the price is the catch, Invisalign is actually affordable. In most cases, orthodontic treatment with Invisalign will cost just as much as orthodontic treatment with metal braces. However, the actual cost will depend upon your individual case and amount of dental insurance coverage. Only a consultation with your local Invisalign dentist can give you a true idea of what Invisalign will cost you.
Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry. He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.