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Mita A. Parikh, DMD

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Learn 4 Ways Invisalign Is Better Than Traditional Braces

Clear teeth bracesWire braces might soon become a part of history. Invisalign technology is taking the country by storm, and it’s on track to wind up being the predominant brace solution. Going back to April of 2008, nearly three-quarters of a million patients have wound up trying Invisalign. Hopefully, your dentist already knows that this brace technology system proves better for patients than conventional metal braces. That’s why they need to invest in getting the training to offer the Invisalign system to their patients. There are many reasons why Invisalign is better than metal braces, but here are four of the biggest ones:

1) They’re Faster:

Invisalign works faster than conventional braces. Research has demonstrated that braces usually average 36 months to work. That is three full years, and that’s the average. The maximum time braces take can be much longer, with some cases lasting eight years to get straight teeth. On the other hand, the Invisalign treatment runs from a minimum of a year to a maximum of a year and a half in most cases. Even in typical worst-case scenarios, Invisalign braces are over five times faster!

2) Less Damage To Your Teeth:

Traditional or conventional metal and wire braces aren’t removable. That means patients with them are more likely to suffer tooth decay or even demineralization since they can’t clean the teeth. Root resorption can happen in this lack of any oral hygiene, given a patient’s inability to get their teeth clean.

Likewise, dentists can’t get proper X-rays with the wire braces in the way. That can lead to inaccurate pictures of what is going on, along with delays in treatments of cavities or other things that aren’t seen externally for a while.

Invisalign technology lets a dentist take X-rays of a patient’s teeth, since the trays can be removed for this activity. You can also keep up with your appropriate hygiene, preventing decay and damage so you avoid periodontal disease. That lets you maintain and even build robust oral health in ways you can do with conventional braces in your mouth.

3) Digital Planning:

In the Invisalign system, your dentist makes use of computerized technology to plan out the gradual steps involved in the Invisalign braces. Your dentist can use digital technology to see a virtual creation of what your final smile is going to appear like, even before you begin the treatment process. Traditional braces mean that wires get attached with teeth, but without the guarantee that they’re going to create a smile you’re happy to show others.

4) Fewer Trips To The Dentist:

Traditional metal or wire braces often meant going back to the dentist office in as little as six weeks, and sometimes you had to go even more frequently. These visits were so your braces could be adjusted and tightened so that your teeth were gradually aligned. Invisalign means you get a set of some trays, and you just switch to the next tray in the set after two weeks. There’s no need for dentist visits every two weeks though to get these trays or get adjustments. You only need short, occasional visits so your dentist can monitor the progress you are making.