Does Invisalign® Work as Well as Traditional Braces?
When it comes to straightening crooked teeth and repositioning a misaligned bite, there are generally two options: traditional braces and Invisalign®. Invisalign is a popular option because it offers comfort, discreetness, and conveniences that set it apart from braces. However, when considering Invisalign to correct malocclusion problems, it is natural to wonder, “Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?”
Dr. Ann Sielicki of Sonoran Dental Design provides her Scottsdale, AZ, patients with an overview of Invisalign treatment and determines if it suits their specific dental needs. Because Invisalign treats most misalignment issues as effectively as braces, it is a suitable option for most individuals who are seeking orthodontic care.
How Does Invisalign Correct Malocclusion Problems?
Like traditional braces, Invisalign corrects malocclusion problems by applying subtle and consistent pressure to the teeth and jaw. However, rather than relying on metal brackets and wires to encourage necessary movement, Invisalign relies on a series of clear plastic aligner trays, which are smoother and more comfortable than braces. Invisalign aligners are nearly invisible and are much more discreet than braces. Invisalign aligners are also removable, making them a convenient alternative to traditional braces.
Can Invisalign Effectively Treat the Same Conditions as Braces?
Invisalign can effectively treat most of the malocclusion problems that are corrected with traditional braces, including:
- Open bite
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Crowded teeth
There are, however, exceptions to Invisalign effectiveness. If malocclusion problems are especially complex or advanced, Invisalign may not provide sufficient force to produce results, in which case traditional braces are a better treatment option.
Can Invisalign Correct the Bite as Quickly as Braces?
For our Scottsdale patients who are suitable Invisalign candidates, this technique is just as effective as traditional braces. Invisalign can also correct malocclusion problems as quickly as braces and sometimes even faster. Invisalign treatment is customized based on digital impressions of the mouth, which makes it highly precise. If necessary, adjustments can be made throughout treatment to ensure timely results.
Tips to Promote Invisalign Success
Unlike the brackets and wires used for braces treatment, Invisalign aligners are not bonded to the teeth. Aligners can be removed while a patient eats, drinks, and performs oral hygiene routines. Since Invisalign aligners are removable, our Scottsdale patients need to take some precautions to promote the success of treatment, such as:
- Wear aligners for a minimum of 20-22 hours a day
- Do not remove aligners for extended periods, such as while sleeping
- Switch out Invisalign trays as directed (typically every two weeks)
- Report lost or damaged aligners as soon as possible so replacements can be provided
- Clean aligners regularly to prevent staining and minimize the risk of tooth decay
- Attend all scheduled Invisalign appointments
Contact Sonoran Dental Design
Invisalign is a popular alternative to traditional braces that is preferred by many for its comfort, convenience, and discreetness. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign treatment or would like to find out if you are an ideal candidate for this teeth straightening technique, contact our dental practice and request an appointment.