Fixed braces are the oldest way of straightening the teeth and, some archaeologists’ findings show that modern orthodontics has its origin from as far back as the 1700s. Fixed braces have always been used to straighten the teeth and, this has made them a popular option in orthodontics. If you have fixed braces, you should get basic cleaning at a Dentist in Vista.
Fixed braces use metal brackets and wires to straighten the teeth but, over the years, teeth straightening has gotten better with less visible options such as clear brackets which helps the treatment to be less discreet.
Even with the advancement in the fixed braces technology and appearance, not everyone feels comfortable using them to straighten their teeth, so with the introduction of Invisalign braces London, most people became excited about straightening their teeth.
Invisalign braces is a new type of teeth straightening option which, is clear, removable and uses aligners. Invisalign has been used by millions of people to straighten their teeth during the short while of its availability. The invisible aligners are virtually invisible, and they can be taken out to eat, drink, brush, and floss during your treatment.
Although Invisalign is fast becoming the preferred option for straightening the teeth, and most persons have successfully used them to straighten their teeth. Some people are still not sure about the effectiveness of this treatment; hence the question ‘are Invisalign as effective as fixed braces?’
This write-up aims to answer this question and many other common Invisalign questions.
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How well does Invisalign straighten the teeth?
When Invisalign was introduced in the mid-90s, there were different reactions to it. Some patients were excited to try out the new removable and invisible braces, but some orthodontists were sceptical about offering them as treatment options to their patients.
At first, Invisalign was only capable of correcting simple misalignments and, not the major changes fixed braces could achieve. Invisalign could not move the teeth vertically and, this meant that not everyone could straighten their teeth with it. In fact, at that time, most patients were better off using fixed braces to straighten their teeth.
However, advancement in Invisalign technology has made it as effective as fixed braces for correcting misalignments. Now, the majority of misalignments can be treated with Invisalign and, some cases like open bite are better to treat using Invisalign.
Invisalign vs removable braces
Presently, Invisalign is the world’s most advanced aligner system, and they are made from a patented SmartTrack material that makes it comfortable and easier to remove at any time. Invisalign aligners were made after more than 8 years of research and development. They are a better option to any removable aligner sold online to straighten the teeth at home.
With the introduction of small dots of tooth-coloured composite materials called attachments, Invisalign can move the teeth vertically. The attachments are placed on selected teeth and help to move them vertically but mail-order aligners do not have this feature and performs limited teeth movements.
Invisalign also has power ridges to help the teeth become upright and, it also uses a 3D ClinCheck software to preview the smile before treatment.
Invisalign even offers better options like shorter treatment time for some cases. Some people can switch their aligner trays every week instead of every two weeks and, this can reduce the treatment time and even take only six months to achieve a better smile.
What are the limitations of Invisalign?
Just like other treatment options, Invisalign is not perfect and may not be a good option for correcting severely crowded, rotated, or tilted teeth. Using Invisalign is dependent on several factors like the size and shape of the teeth. For example, if your teeth are small and round, the aligner may not be able to grip your teeth properly.
Other discreet alternatives to Invisalign include clear fixed braces or hidden incognito braces. You can visit your orthodontist or contact London Braces to know if you are suitable for Invisalign treatment or any of the other discreet treatment options.