Having crooked teeth is a look that no one wants, but millions of teens and young adults are forced to deal with it. There are several options when it comes to how you deal with an alignment issue, but most patients want the most comfortable and effective option for their situation. Concord Dental Associates offers Invisalign® in Concord, NH, as an alternative to traditional braces for those with mild to moderate correction needs.
If you’ve been told you need alignment correction, then stop in and talk with one of our talented and experienced dentists near you today and see if Invisalign is right for you.
When we talk about alignment correction options, patients have two main choices to correct their teeth; Invisalign and traditional metal braces. Most patients are eligible for both options except those with severe alignment issues.
While both appliances perform the same function, they differ in the materials used and how they do the job.
Traditional braces use a combination of brackets placed around specific teeth and a system of wires to pull the teeth into the proper position gradually. The more complex the correction needed, the more detailed the metalwork used, which may even include a headgear piece that attaches to the face.
By contrast, Invisalign uses a series of custom-fitted clear plastic trays that are changed out every so often. The trays are fit for each patient and are kept on in short intervals to move the teeth where they need to be gradual.
Traditional braces cannot be removed and are fixed in place for the duration of the treatment, which can take two years or longer. Invisalign trays are designed to be worn 22 hours daily but can be removed for up to two hours daily for eating meals or cleaning. The average time for Invisalign to work is 12 to 18 months, meaning they can be 50% more effective than traditional braces.
Both options require the patient to wear a retainer afterward to maintain the spacing provided by the treatment. You can ask our Invisalign dentist in Concord, NH if Invisalign is the right choice.
With rare exceptions, most patients will choose Invisalign over traditional braces if given the option. There are several reasons why this is the case. Here are some of the most common reasons patients choose Invisalign:
One of the biggest reasons patients, especially younger ones, choose Invisalign is that it can barely be seen compared to traditional braces. The look of metal braces can be embarrassing. Invisalign helps patients avoid this embarrassment as it is difficult for people to notice someone wearing the clear trays without close inspection.
Along with the look of traditional braces, many patients complain about the pain of wearing them 24/7. While a dentist can adjust the braces if the discomfort proves to be too much, this only provides minimal relief and requires an appointment with the dentist before it can be done.
Invisalign trays are more comfortable by design because they are custom fitted to the patient. Adding to the fact that they can be removed for up to two hours each day for eating and cleaning makes them a much more comfortable option to wear.
One final issue patients have with traditional braces is how long they must be worn to be effective. Some patients can wear traditional braces for more than three years. Having braces this long is enough to make some patients forego the treatment.
With Invisalign, patients don’t have to wear the corrective trays for nearly as long. Sometimes the trays are up to 50% more effective, meaning they can be worn half as long. This is a much better situation for patients who dislike the idea of wearing long-term braces.
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