If you know that you need braces to straighten your teeth, but you’re uncomfortable about wearing a mouth full of metal, you should know that there is now an alternative to metal braces. invisalign® is a new and innovative method that people are using to align their teeth; invisalign is now the “invisible braces” alternative. invisalign® treatment uses removable and clear teeth aligners as opposed to metal aligners. The aligners are clear plastic and virtually invisible.
Every two to four weeks you receive a new aligner. Each aligner moves your teeth little by little until you reach the desired results. If invisalign sounds like an attractive solution for you, Dental Designs of Roseville can provide you with this new and exciting alternative to metal braces.
With invisalign® you can straighten your teeth in as little a 3 months! This is much faster than regular metal braces, for which treatment can typically last two to three years. The actual invisalign treatment period, however, will largely depend upon the severity of your alignment case. Success of invisalign also depends on patient compliance, so the treatment period will vary according to how regularly the patient keeps the aligners in his or her mouth each day.
Clinically, aligners avoid many of the side effects of traditional fixed appliances; for example, the effects on the gums and supporting tissues. Almost all types of orthodontic treatment will cause the roots of teeth to shorten for most patients, and demineralization or tooth decay occurs in up to 50% of patients because they cannot be removed for eating and cleaning, and because they prevent accurate x-rays from being taken.
invisalign treatments have been claimed to be quicker than traditional orthodontics. A large-scale study of 408 patients with traditional appliances in Indiana took an average of 35.92 months with a maximum of 96 months, while invisalign took between 12–18 months.
The cost of invisalign® largely depends on the number of aligners the patients requires and the length of the treatment period. However, the cost of invisalign is often more affordable than metal braces! Another important advantage of invisalign is better hygiene.