If you are eager to get a straighter smile, but just as eager to find an alternative to braces, Invisalign is a great option and available from Lansdowne Dental Care! Does Invisalign really work the same as braces? As your Lansdowne dentist, we can assure you that it does. While everyone is different, the vast majority of patients in our office will find that Invisalign is a workable and effective orthodontic system.
What Is Invisalign?
Many of our patients come to us with a bit of confusion about the differences between braces, clear braces and Invisalign. To begin with, all of these options are forms of orthodontics, meaning that they can be used to improve the alignment of the bite.
The bite is important for a long list of reasons, including your ability to bite and chew properly, speak clearly and, of course, smile confidently. This is why we can categorize them as cosmetic dentistry, too. The use of a treatment like Invisalign will also help to prevent issues like chronic headache, jaw pain, and uneven wear and tear on the teeth. So, straightening your teeth with Invisalign is good for your oral health and your confidence.
The essential differences between Invisalign and braces are not really about what they can or cannot do, but how they do what they can or cannot do.
To be as clear as possible, braces take their name from the “brackets” glued individually to the teeth to be corrected or adjusted. Wires are run through them and when applied effectively, the wires can be slowly tightened to move the adult teeth into better alignment.
Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the LDC team, though, is going to use a series of custom-made trays that slide, almost invisibly, over your teeth. They are created in a lab, using very specific measurements and molds made of your mouth. You receive a series of trays that you swap out every two to three weeks. Each tray will gently force your teeth into a new position, very similarly to braces, but without the wires and brackets.
You come in for periodic checkups and Drs. Tracey Nguyen, Steven Frames and the LDC team can let you know about your progress, if you will need more trays and identify any changes that may be necessary. As we said, everyone is different, and that can mean that your journey with Invisalign might last less than a year and you are done. However, it is not unusual for some patients to have more than one series of trays and slowly straighten their teeth over the course of a year or two.
The good news is that it is the most discreet way to get the work done, and it is also one of the most easily maintained methods of orthodonture.