Invisalign Invisible Braces
Are you considering Invisalign treatment to get the beautiful straight teeth you have always wanted — without traditional metal braces? Call to book a consultation with Dr. Monisha Ravishankar to determine if Invisalign is right for you.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign treatment uses a series of virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Your Invisalign clear aligners are custom-made for you. The aligners are virtually invisible and fit snuggly over your teeth.
WHY WOULD I WANT IT?
Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires. This means you spend less time at your dentist's office getting adjustments.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move. Each aligner shifts your teeth slightly, moving them horizontally and vertically and even rotating them when needed. Your aligners are engineered to use the right amount of force in the right place at the right time.
When you change to the next set of aligners (typically every week) your teeth gradually move into position, following a custom treatment plan mapped out by Dr. Monisha Ravishankar. The total treatment time averages nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
Braces or Invisalign? Consider Invisalign pros and cons.
Braces are the more traditional method of aligning the teeth. They consist of metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to the teeth. A wire inserted into the brackets is continuously tightened each month during the treatment process to achieve an aligned bite.
The treatment has been used for a longer period of time so has a larger quantity of cases with positive outcomes.
Almost all orthodontists offer braces as a treatment option in their specialty.
For patients at risk of non-compliance, it’s a quicker treatment path.
The treatment look can be customized with brackets and colored rubber bands.
The treatment is highly visible when smiling and in photographs.
Patients with compromised gum health or pre-existing dental health conditions may not be good candidates.
The treatment brackets and wires require no gum chewing and a restricted foods list so they don’t pop off.
Invisalign is a more modern method of aligning the teeth.
The treatment is less noticeable and even inconspicuous to others during conversation.
The trays can be removed for eating, flossing, and brushing the teeth.
Maintaining good dental hygiene is easier during treatment. No threading through brackets is required.
The cost is comparable to braces for the average patient.
For non-compliant patients who remove the trays too frequently, treatment can take longer.
Trays can be lost or misplaced requiring replacements, which could lead to additional costs.
Patients with severely crooked teeth are not always good candidates for Invisalign. The process could take too long or the method may not fully align the teeth.
The cost can exceed the price of braces for patients with exceptional alignment needs.
While a pros and cons list sheds some light on your treatment options, the best way to decide is to visit a professional for an evaluation. Contact Westwood Dental for a consultation to help in your choice between Braces or Invisalign. We have years of experience with both as effective treatment options for our proudly smiling patients.