It’s an exciting time to be a dentist OR a dental patient. The dental field is advancing so rapidly and offering so many more benefits than it did just twenty years ago. The use of clear aligners to correct the alignment of our patients’ teeth is exactly what I’m talking about.
A generation ago, children were the just about only people being treated for crooked teeth. If a person missed getting braces when they were young, they were out of luck. Now, we are treating patients of all ages with this new technology.
We have two different types of clear aligners we can offer our patients: Invisalign and Clear Correct. They both do the same job but of course, there are some differences. We’ll explain what makes them different. But first, let’s talk about the big shift from metal braces to Invisalign.
Invisalign vs. Braces
We find that when we are treating adult patients, they love having the option of using clear aligners like Invisalign and Clear Correct because it’s nearly impossible to tell that any treatment is going on. There’s none of the wires and brackets that most people still associate with teeth straightening.
Because all that metal is missing, clear aligners are much more comfortable. There’s no irritation to the inside of the cheeks. And these brackets can sometimes cause damage to the surface of the teeth they are cemented to.
We treat teens, too, with Invisalign. This company has a special program just for young people.
Advantages of Invisalign
As we mentioned, they are nearly invisible and they are much more comfortable than metal braces. The other advantage is that they can be removed for meals or for cleaning your teeth. So you are not restricted on what you can eat. When you have metal braces, you are supposed to avoid crunchy, chewy, hard, sugary or sticky foods. That’s just about everything you like, right? With clear aligners, you just remove the aligner for your meal. Then replace it after eating.
When you’re going to clean your teeth, you can take the aligner out, brush and floss your teeth normally and then return it to your mouth.
Alternatives to Invisalign
As I mentioned, we also offer Clear Correct aligners at Fall Creek Dentistry. It’s the same system but the aligners are made out of a slightly different material. That makes the cost a little lower but on the other hand, they are not quite as strong. If a person knows they would be careful with something like their aligner, Clear Correct might be a good choice.
If you are a candidate for teeth straightening or you are looking into this treatment for your child, we’ll go over your choices and help you make the right decision.
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
We’ve already talked about the pros—the invisibility, comfort, freedom to eat whatever you want, and ability to remove them for teeth cleaning. So are there any cons?
They do require voluntary participation by the patient. If a young person isn’t happy wearing them 22 hours a day and so keeps “mislaying” the current aligner, then metal braces might be a better choice.
The person being treated will need to keep their teeth cleaner than usual. It’s smart to brush your teeth after eating so when you replace the aligners, you don’t trap food particles between the aligner and your teeth.
Most people find the cons to be minor compared to the pros. To learn about Invisalign cost and length of treatment, give us a call and let’s set up a consultation for you or a family member.