- January 1, 2016
Millions of people start the process of changing their smile each year. Is 2016 the year for you to straighten your teeth?
If you are a working adult, you may think that you are too old for orthodontics. Or you may think that wearing braces would be more trouble than living with a smile that you don’t like.
We want you to know that those aren’t your only options. You may be eligible to receive orthodontic treatment with Invisalign instead.
At Donaldson 3D Orthodontics, we offer the latest and most advanced orthodontic treatments for our patients. Invisalign is a great way to straighten your smile without the hassles that come from wearing metal brackets and wires.
If you would like to find out if Invisalign can work for you, stop by one of our dentist offices in New Iberia or Broussard. In the meantime, keep reading to learn how Invisalign is a different kind of orthodontic care.
How Does Invisalign Work?
To understand Invisalign, you first need to understand how traditional braces work.
With braces, we attach brackets to your teeth. We then run wires between the brackets. The wires help to push or pull your teeth into their new position. In some cases, patients also use ligatures (tiny rubber bands) to assist the braces as they work.
Without a doubt, this is an effect system for changing the position of your teeth. From time to time, you need to return to our office to have your braces adjusted so they will continue to move your teeth
In contrast, Invisalign uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to change the position of your teeth.
These aligners are more like retainers than the brackets and wires used with braces. Nevertheless, you will sometimes still hear Invisalign referred to as “invisible brace.” (More on this later.)
The aligners work by gently pushing your teeth a little bit at a time. Every few weeks, you will replace your aligners with a new one. With each change, you will know that your teeth are closer to being straight.
But Does Invisalign Work?
Yes, it is an effective treatment option, but some patients will need traditional braces for more severe issues.
Invisalign may not work for every alignment problem, but it will work on a lot of things like:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Gapped teeth
- Cross bites
- Open bites
Like we said, Invisalign can’t fix every possible alignment problem, but it will fix a lot of problems that you may be having.
How Does Invisalign Compare To Braces?
For patients who can use Invisalign, it does offer some advantages when compared to traditional braces.
First, Invisalign is practically invisible. You can’t hide the fact that you have brackets and metal wires in your mouth. However, you can wear a clear, plastic aligners that many people will never notice.
Second, Invisalign is convenient. Braces can hurt, and we don’t just mean the pushing and pulling of your teeth. Sometimes brackets feel scratchy inside your mouth. Other times, a wire may come loose, and it could poke your lips, cheeks, or gums.
With plastic aligners, you don’t have any wires coming loose.
Another way that Invisalign is more convenient is that you can take them out for up to two hours each day. It’s important that you wear them for at least 22 hours, but you can take them out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. This is a big advantage.
With traditional braces, you will have to avoid certain foods while you are undergoing your treatment. You also will need to be diligent about brushing your teeth and cleaning between them. You don’t want anything to get stuck between your brackets and wires.
Last, but not least, Invisalign is often faster than traditional braces.
On average, patients who can wear Invisalign aligners need to use them for about 12 months. By comparison, traditional braces can take closer to two years to complete their work.
Want To Know If Invisalign Will Work For You?
We want to be clear. Invisalign will not work for everyone. The best way to know if you can use Invisalign or if you need a different orthodontic treatment is to come to Donaldson 3D Orthodontics for a consultation.
We will examine your teeth and evaluate your options. If you live in or near New Iberia or Broussard, just call or stop by one of our dentist offices.
You can make an appointment by calling 337-465-4139 or using our online form.