Crooked or overlapping teeth and a bad bite can be corrected through both traditional and new orthodontic applications. Besides braces, a typical and traditional fixed application, a modern aligner called Invisalign can resolve the above-mentioned teeth problems without all the inconveniences of braces.
Invisalign is readily available in California, including Folsom. Understanding the differences between Invisalign and braces, as well as the advantages of Invisalign, can help customers choose the right orthodontic treatment for their alignment or straightening needs.
Differences between Invisalign and Braces
Invisalign consists of a clear set of teeth aligners, nearly invisible, while braces consist of brackets and wires. In addition, plastic aligners can be easily removed and cleaned, whereas braces contain wires, which make brushing and flossing more difficult. Furthermore, since Invisalign is removable and flexible, it is free of food restrictions, unlike braces.
Advantages of Invisalign over Usual Fixed Applications
Aesthetically, Invisalign excels compared to traditional treatments, mainly because it is undetectable from a distance of 2 feet or more. Braces are clearly visible. Moreover, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional fixed aligners, free of the soreness and pain associated with the latter. Unlike braces, Invisalign avoids bonding problems for patients with amelogenesis imperfecta.
Oral hygiene is easier with Invisalign, too. A study from Tuncay and peers showed that patients treated with Invisalign experienced lower bleeding and gingivitis problems. Furthermore, Invisalign can be removed at any time your teeth or gums need extra cleaning.
In addition, Invisalign does not show evident root resorption, probably because it limits tooth movement to less than 0.25 mm per tray with a very mild level of force. As a result, it does not hinder periodontal, ligament blood flow and prevents the buildup of necrotic regions.
Invisalign can also promote vertical correction. It can shape the posterior teeth and close the anterior open-bite. Equally, it can intrude the anterior teeth to open the bite.
Finally, Invisalign does not require the same frequency of office visits as fixed appliances. These routine checkups are conducted faster, too, as minimal tray setups are needed.
As a substitute to fixed teeth aligners or braces, Invisalign offers numerous advantages. Patients should consider these pros when choosing the right aligner for their orthodontic needs. Ultimately, successful Invisalign treatments depend on patients who maintain an open mind about changing from fixed to removable alignment tools.
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