Invisalign® is a unique system that can be used to straighten your teeth without actual braces. Instead, the system uses virtually invisible and removable aligners. This enables your teeth to be straightened without anyone being aware you are wearing aligners. You are also able to drink and eat anything you choose. You can floss and brush your teeth the same way you always have to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy during your treatment. Invisalign® does not employ brackets, wires, or metal of any kind. The system basically gives you a way to have your teeth straightened without the need for traditional braces. You will be using a set of custom-made aligners that are both removable and completely clear as opposed to the more standard metal brackets and wires. The aligners are customized for your comfort.
How Invisalign® Works
The way the Invisalign® system works is not all that complicated. There are certain steps to the process you need to follow. These steps include:
• You change your aligners approximately once every two weeks.
• The only time you should remove your aligners is while flossing and brushing your teeth, drinking, and eating.
• There will be a gradual movement of your teeth towards the correct positions every week.
• You need to make an appointment to visit the dental professional every six to eight weeks.
• You need to allow between six and eighteen months for the completion of your treatment. This will depend on your specific dental issues.
• You will most likely use between twelve and thirty aligners during the course of your treatment.
Your Invisalign® aligners will be constructed using clear, smooth plastic. You will be able to easily put on your aligners directly over your teeth. None of your friends, family, or acquaintances will be aware you are having your teeth straightened unless you reveal your secret. The way your aligners are designed ensures they will be very comfortable. Your aligners are removable to make certain you can maintain excellent oral hygiene in addition to eating all of your favorite foods with no discomfort. You will be able to floss and brush your teeth normally. Invisalign® plans your treatment using a computerized and extremely precise system. A 3D model is used to configure the movements of your teeth for the best possible efficiency and customization.
The majority of orthodontic professionals will offer you an initial exam and consultation. This is how your potential treatment plan is determined. In some instances, photographs and X-rays are also provided during the same visit. You may receive your final diagnosis the same day. If you are approved for treatment, you can have a specialized scan as quickly as possible. Once the dental professional has the 3D scan taken of your teeth, the results are sent directly to Invisalign®. Invisalign® and the dental professional work together to establish the best way to ensure you receive excellent results from your treatment. Once the final treatment plan is ready, your aligners are created just for you and shipped.
You will need to change your aligner tray sets about every two weeks. The orthodontic professional will provide you with three or four sets of aligners during each visit.
What About Traditional Braces?
Traditional braces were created for the correction of crowded teeth, crooked teeth, jaw issues, and misaligned bites. Braces additionally eliminate any issues related to talking properly and numerous problems concerning your teeth. Due to the advancements in technology, traditional metal braces have become smaller, more streamlined, and offer more comfort than in the past. The most common types of traditional braces are constructed from silver-colored metal. Different types of material, such as nickel and stainless steel, are used for the brackets. The brackets are designed to be sturdy to significantly decrease the possibility of any damage or breakage. There are different types of traditional braces available to offer you more options.
Traditional metal braces operate using metal brackets attached to your teeth using an adhesive. Wire is used to connect these brackets. Your braces will need to be tightened on a fairly regular basis to align your jaw and straighten your teeth gradually. Although metal brackets remain the most frequently used, there are other options for treatment available. The procedure for installing traditional braces starts by bonding silver brackets to your teeth. Different sizes and shapes are available for these brackets. This will depend on the manufacturer. All of the brackets are used in the same way. The edges of the brackets are referred to as wings. The wires are held in place using elastic or metal bands tied to the wings.
Your teeth are able to move because of the wires. The brackets are simply a way to anchor the wires to all of your teeth. The wires must be changed as your teeth start to move so they can be straightened until they are in the correct positions. Only the four teeth in the back now require bands. Bands were necessary for every tooth in the past. Each band has a tube for the wire to slide through. This provides the support required for your teeth to move without any breakage.
The length of time required with traditional braces will depend on each individual. The wires and metal brackets currently being used are smaller. This means the irritation will not be as bad as with the traditional braces from the past. The main reason for the popularity of traditional metal braces are the durability.
One of the biggest changes in recent years are the colors available for traditional braces. The elastics are available in a choice of color. This means the color can be effectively changed during each dental visit. Children enjoy this option because they are able to choose their favorite color, select the color according to upcoming holidays, or even wear the colors of their favorite sports team or their school. Adults interested in a more neutral appearance can choose white, gray, or silver.
Another option are ceramic braces. These types of braces are constructed using composite materials. There are various transparency levels available to mimic the actual color of your teeth. This will make your braces somewhat less obvious than traditional metal braces. Yet another option is mini-diamond braces, which offer their own benefits.
Not every orthodontic professional provides every type of braces. You need to talk to the professional to find out which options are available and which one is best for you and your needs.
Invisalign® vs. Traditional Braces
You may have already conducted some research on the different types of braces currently available, the types of treatment plans and the best way to have your teeth or the teeth of your child straightened. At this point, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Having your teeth straightened is about a lot more than a beautiful smile. Straighter teeth actually improve your oral health. Cavities are easier to prevent because flossing and brushing your teeth becomes much easier once they are straight. You can also have both your jaw and your teeth correctly aligned and correct your bite. One of the most frequently asked questions is regarding the actual difference between Invisalign® and traditional metal braces.
Both traditional metal braces and Invisalign® have the exact same goals. These are improving your oral health and straightening your teeth. There are a lot of differences between the two. One of the key differences is the process used for straightening your teeth. The better choice will be determined by the recommendation of the professional, your preferences, and your specific needs. If you believe you need braces, your best option is to schedule a consultation with an orthodontic professional. You will be able to ask any questions you have and receive answers from a well-trained and experienced expert. When the typical individual pictures braces, they usually think of traditional metal braces because of the length of time they have been available.
Metal brackets are required for traditional braces. Glue is used to secure each bracket to the enamel of every tooth. The brackets are then connected using metal wires. This is how your teeth are moved as time passes. In some cases, you will be given a choice as to the color of the wires. This can make the metal a little harder to see. This is especially true if the enamel of your teeth is the same color as the wires. There are also brightly colored wires available often preferred by children and teenagers.
Invisalign® is a much more discreet option for traditional braces because the aligners are virtually invisible. Invisalign® gradually and subtly moves your teeth using customized aligner trays constructed of BPA-free plastic. Wearing the aligner trays is simple because the plastic is both comfortable and smooth. As opposed to making a mold, Invisalign® configures your aligner trays using 3D technology to obtain the image of your teeth. This ensures an ideal fit and feel.
Invisalign® offers you a lot of benefits. One of the most appreciated benefits is you can remove your aligner trays. This means not only can you eat and drink whatever you want, but you also will not have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces. Brushing and flossing your teeth is also easier because there are no wires or brackets to get in your way. The majority of individuals prefer the appearance of Invisalign® due to the virtually invisible aligner trays. This is especially important for adults who have not had their teeth straightened due to the visibility of traditional braces. Many adults feel wearing braces will detract from their authority at work. This concern is eliminated with Invisalign®. Most people will not notice when you are wearing Invisalign®, and the aligners will not show up in photographs.
Invisalign® is considered a more comfortable option than traditional metal braces. You will need to wear Invisalign® for between 22 and 24 hours each day. Your treatment will require between six and eighteen months. This will depend on the complexity of your dental issues and your specific requirements. During your initial consultation, our skilled professional will give you a good estimate as to how long your treatment will take.
You can use the Invisalign® cleaning system to clean your Invisalign® aligner trays or simply use lukewarm water for brushing and rinsing out your aligner trays. You will be cleaning your aligner trays after drinking or eating anything with the exception of water. You will also clean your aligner trays when you get up in the morning and before you go to sleep at night. Changing your aligner trays will ensure your teeth continue to move gradually. Your progress will be checked by the professional during your follow-up visits.
Traditional braces have both pros and cons. One of the cons is if the individual participates in contact sports, the tissue can be damaged by the metal when contact is made. Whether or not traditional metal braces are a good option depends on the needs of every individual. If you are concerned you may misplace or lose your Invisalign® aligner trays or do not want to have to change them on a regular basis, traditional braces will remain in place with nothing you are required to change. Traditional metal braces must be worn for seven days every week for 24 hours every day.
The reason traditional braces are often preferred for younger children is that the youthful temptation to remove the braces is eliminated. Some adolescents have the self-discipline required for Invisalign® while others do not. Brushing and flossing your teeth is more difficult because you must work around the wires and brackets and remove any trapped pieces of food. Your wires will need to be adjusted to make certain your teeth continue to move properly.
Get In Touch with Us for More Information
It can be extremely difficult to compare traditional metal braces and Invisalign® because the best option depends on the opinion and desires of each individual. Your preferences are going to be both special and unique. If you or your child feels self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces, Invisalign® is a good option. You may be one of many adults who never had the opportunity to straighten your teeth when you were younger, or you may have developed your dental issues later in life.
If you would like to have your teeth straightened, please feel free to make an appointment with Davis Orthodontics. At our convenient locations in San Diego and Escondido, our caring and dedicated team of professionals will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!