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When it comes to straightening smiles, it’s very common that traditional braces are what might first come to mind. At the same time, many people are hearing more about Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, both from the company itself and from professional providers like orthodontists. Choosing the treatment option that’s best for you or your child is very important because each patient is unique. In this blog post, I will discuss my perspective as well as the merits and drawbacks of each treatment.
Let’s start with Traditional Braces
In the past, traditional braces have been the only option to correct issues like crowding, spacing, overbite or underbite. Brackets cemented to the face of the tooth hold a wire that runs lengthwise to apply pressure, moving teeth into place with self ligating brackets (no ties needed!). A patient sees slight changes over time as the orthodontist makes adjustments every eight weeks.
Here are some benefits of traditional braces..
Tried and true technology
Orthodontic visits are every eight weeks
Compliance is virtually guaranteed as there are no decisions about whether to wear or not to wear them
Possible drawbacks of Traditional Braces..
Metal (or even ceramic) brackets and wires are visible
Broken brackets that cause “emergency appointments”
Oral hygiene can become a bit more challenging
Invisalign and Invisalign Teen are clear BPA-free plastic appliances that offer patients an alternative to traditional metal, or even ceramic braces. Dr. Fotovat takes a digital scan of the teeth, creating a 3D image that’s used to produce a series of trays (aligners) made from a clear material worn by the patient almost all day. The aligners should only be taken out to eat and to brush/floss your teeth. Each aligner is configured to adjust the teeth according to a predetermined treatment plan mapped out by the orthodontist.
Here are some benefits of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen..
The aligners are virtually invisible for aesthetic appeal. Most people don’t even notice them.
Easier to maintain
Most patients are candidates
Possible drawbacks of Invisalign/Invisalign Teen..
Compliance can sometimes be a challenge
Lost aligners can delay total treatment time
So what’s right for you?
The decision to opt for Invisalign/Invisalign Teen over braces can be a difficult one. There are various factors to consider for both the patient and orthodontist as to which option will work best for them individually. Invisalign allows for more freedom and is virtually invisible compared to braces, but compliance is key regarding successful results. Further, Invisalign may not be the best option for everyone.
Before making your decision, remember there are trade-offs with each treatment. Dr. Fotovat can help you determine the most effective option to help you achieve your ideal smile!
Scheduling a complimentary consultation with Fotovat DDS is the first step towards a beautiful, healthy, attractive smile. Call us at: 818-980-5300 or request an appointment here.