Invisalign® Vs. Other Orthodontic Treatments

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The way to a straighter smile has evolved significantly in recent years, and there are now more choices than ever for effective orthodontic treatment.

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Invisalign® straightens teeth with a series of clear aligners that straighten teeth gradually over six months to a year and a half, depending on the complexity of the orthodontic issues.

Seven Benefits of Invisalign® Aligners

Comparing the advantages of Invisalign® dental aligners over traditional braces is easy. The following seven benefits of Invisalign® demonstrate why they are the gold standard of teeth straightening:

1. Appearance

Invisalign® aligners are made of clear, BPA-free plastic and are virtually invisible, providing a discreet teeth straightening option without brackets and wires.

2. Comfort

Invisalign® aligners are customized to fit precisely over the teeth, offering a more comfortable experience than traditional braces, which can sometimes cause irritation or discomfort.

3. Removability

Invisalign® clear aligners are removable and allow patients to eat their favorite foods. However, it’s essential to wear the aligners at all times except when eating or cleaning the teeth and gums.

4. Simplified Oral Hygiene

Traditional braces are attached to teeth and require special cleaning tools to prevent plaque buildup, making oral hygiene routines more challenging. Even with meticulous care, stains often develop on teeth treated with braces.

Because Invisalign® aligners are removable, teeth can be brushed and flossed as usual.

5. Treatment Time

The treatment time required with Invisalign® varies based on the individual’s needs and typically takes no longer than traditional braces and, in some cases, offers even faster results.

6. Adjustments

Traditional braces can involve an uncomfortable adjustment process to control the movement of teeth for proper alignment. Invisalign® aligners have all the needed adjustments built into the treatment plan and are designed to be comfortable throughout treatment.

7. Can Treat Most Orthodontic Issues

The Invisalign® system can treat the majority of orthodontic cases, including:

  • Crooked and twisted teeth
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Open bites (which prevent the top and bottom teeth from meeting)

Traditional Braces

Metal or ceramic braces are fixed onto the teeth and may be indicated for complex or severe orthodontic cases when more force, durability, and supervision are needed.

Invisalign Vs. Other Clear Aligners

Invisalign® is a well-established brand known for its patented SmartTrack® material and 3D imaging technology, allowing for customized and precise tooth movement. Here’s how this effective orthodontic treatment compares with other clear aligners.

Let’s start with Invisalign®:

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Invisalign® caters to various orthodontic cases, offering solutions for simple to complex misalignments, with the capacity to address a wide range of dental issues.

Customization and Monitoring

Invisalign® aligners are customized and created using advanced software, which allows your dentist or orthodontist to track and monitor the treatment progress.

Patient Experience

Invisalign® aligners are known for their comfort, discreet appearance, and the convenience of being removable for easy cleaning and eating.

Now, here are some facts about other clear dental aligners:

Several other brands offer clear aligner systems using different materials and technologies, each with its own approach to orthodontic treatment.

Aligner Quality and Effectiveness

Some alternative aligner systems are designed for specific cases, focusing on simple misalignments or orthodontic issues. Depending on the brand, alternative clear aligners may not be able to provide the highest quality material and treatment outcomes.

Cost and Accessibility

Other dental aligners may seem to offer more cost-effective options or be more accessible. However, most of these alternatives are not proven to deliver the same results as Invisalign® and are often not supervised by a well-qualified dentist.

Should I Choose Invisalign® or Traditional Braces?

Traditional braces and Invisalign® each have their place in modern orthodontics, offering excellent options to achieve a straighter smile. The decision between Invisalign® and traditional braces should be made after a consultation with a qualified dentist or orthodontist, who can weigh your individual needs, preferences, and the complexity of your case.

While traditional braces offer the durability, reliability, and control necessary for more severe cases, Invisalign® provides a discreet, comfortable, and removable option suitable for most patients seeking a straighter smile.

Regardless of your chosen method, achieving a beautifully aligned smile is a transformative experience leading to enhanced oral health and increased confidence.

Your Chicago, Illinois, Certified Invisalign® Provider

Dr. Vladimir Fedin is a reputable and well-respected cosmetic dentist and preferred Chicago area Invisalign® provider. If you desire a brighter smile to go along with your straighter teeth, he offers professional strength, at-home teeth whitening gel to use with your last set of aligners.

Call Chicago Dental Arts to schedule your Invisalign® consultation with Dr. Fedin at (312) 642-6631 today!

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