If you are a teen or adult who has crooked or misaligned teeth, your dentist may suggest Invisalign as an effective teeth straightening option. Invisalign treatment is an orthodontic solution that uses clear teeth aligner trays that work to gradually straighten your teeth. Because a trained dentist can offer Invisalign treatment in-office, it alleviates the need for trips to an orthodontist.
While traditional braces are also a great option for straightening your teeth, Invisalign is often recommended over braces for a variety of reasons such as a patient’s age, type of dental issue, and more. But which is best for you: Invisalign or traditional braces?
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign clear teeth aligner trays are clear, custom-fitted, removable trays that fit snugly over your teeth. Each teeth aligner tray slightly shifts your teeth into place by moving them vertically, horizontally, or even in a rotating motion. Depending on your treatment plan, you will have approximately 20 to 30 teeth aligner trays prescribed to you, wearing each tray from one to two weeks. Because Invisalign trays are removable, you will take them out to switch to a new set of trays, eat, drink, and brush your teeth.
Consistency is key with Invisalign and you will want to keep your teeth aligner trays in your mouth for at least 20 to 22 hours every day in order for the treatment to work effectively. You will also have to visit your dentist every six weeks to monitor your progress.
Is Invisalign Right for You?
Most of the time, Invisalign can be just as effective as traditional braces, and can work to correct mild, moderate, and some severe teeth straightening cases. Invisalign may be right for you if you want your braces to be virtually invisible, or if your dental issue isn’t overly complicated.
Invisalign works to correct the following issues:
- Overbite: If your upper teeth bite over your lower teeth, this is called an overbite. Invisalign can correct this dental concern that can lead to wear on your lower teeth, joint problems, a painful jaw, and gum issues.
- Underbite: If your lower teeth protrude past your front teeth, then you have an underbite. This can often be caused by missing teeth, or underdevelopment of your jaw. Invisalign can help your front teeth and molars function better, plus alleviate pain and joint issues.
- Open Bite: If your upper and lower teeth aren’t able to come together and touch, then you probably have an open bite. Invisalign can help fix this issue that leads to painful chewing, TMJ problems, and speech impairments.
- Crossbite: When both your upper and lower jaws are misaligned, this can cause unnecessary wear on your teeth, bone loss, and gum disease. Invisalign teeth aligner trays can work to correct these unfortunate dental problems.
- Overly Crowded Teeth: Sometimes your mouth just can’t seem to fit in all of your teeth properly. When this happens, your teeth can become very crooked and lead to tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease. Even if your crowded teeth are severe, Invisalign can typically correct the issue and save you from having to undergo future gum disease treatment.
- Gaps in Your Teeth: If you have spacing issues in your mouth, you will be more prone to gum problems, periodontal pockets, and an increased risk of periodontal disease. Invisalign can do a great job at repairing the gaps in your smile to ward off these risks.
How Do Traditional Braces Work?
Sometimes Invisalign won’t work for you. If your dentist discovers that your smile can’t benefit from teeth aligner trays, then you will likely be referred to an orthodontist for traditional braces. Just like Invisalign, traditional braces (whether metal or clear porcelain) exert gentle pressure on your teeth which allows them to straighten and correct your bite over time.
Traditional braces are fixed and can’t be removed. Brackets will be attached to each of your teeth using bonding and bands. From there, your orthodontist will place a thin, metal wire that runs between each bracket.
Are Traditional Braces Right for You?
If you are often forgetful or prone to losing things, fixed metal braces may be a better option than Invisalign. Braces are also extremely effective at fixing complex tooth issues that Invisalign may not be able to correct. While they are a great option for teeth straightening, traditional braces must be properly cared for.
If you have braces, you must adhere to your orthodontist’s orders. You will also have to follow these braces care tips to keep your mouth healthy and braces working properly:
- Remember to brush and floss regularly to keep your braces and teeth clean from debris that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
- Avoid certain crunchy and sticky foods like popcorn, apples, gum, etc.
- Follow up with your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks to change your bands and wire.
Braces work to correct the same issues that Invisalign corrects: overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, crowded teeth, and teeth gaps. They also help correct severe dental disorders of the jaw and its joints.
Remember: The above information points SHOULD NOT be used as medical advice. Invisalign and braces are not for everyone, and your dentist or orthodontist will have to personally evaluate your teeth to decide which option is best for you.
Invisalign Dentists in Columbus, Ohio
Many of our patients are good candidates for Invisalign and other types of clear teeth aligner trays like Clear Correct. Our expert, trained dentists at Capstone Dental in Columbus know that your appearance is just as important to you as your dental health.
Is it time to get your teeth straightened? Contact us to schedule an appointment to see if Invisalign is right for you.
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