For decades, when it came to straightening misaligned teeth, traditional metal braces were the only option.
Metal braces do a wonderful job when it comes to straightening teeth, but patients and orthodontists were always searching for an alternative.
That breakthrough came with the release of the Invisalign system to straighten teeth. By using advanced technology to print a series of clear trays, suddenly there was a new option for patients looking to straighten their teeth.
But does Invisalign really work as well as traditional braces? Below, we’ll answer that question and give a few reasons why Invisalign might be a great choice for you.
Does Invisalign Really Work?
The simple answer is yes. With years of research before release and now real-world usage around the world, Invisalign works extremely well.
Early on, Invisalign was mostly used and advertised to treat mild misalignment of teeth. But as orthodontists got more experience with the technology, they were able to treat more moderate misalignment.
Today, with the use of buttons or attachments, Invisilign can treat complex cases that were once thought of as only being treatable by metal braces. Patients are often surprised to discover that they are good candidates for Invisalign despite the complexity of their individual cases and alignment issues.
Are There Drawbacks To Invisalign?
The main drawback of Invisalign is also one of its greatest features, which is the ability to remove them. Because they can be removed, it means that patient compliance can be an issue.
Invisalign trays need to be worn virtually all day long, with removal only for eating, drinking, and brushing. Patients who do not wear the trays consistently can have diminished or incomplete results.
But as long as patients wear the trays as recommended, their treatment will result in a healthy and straight smile, similar to traditional braces.
Does Invisalign Work With Complex Cases?
The types of cases that Invisalign can treat have dramatically increased over the years. Thanks to technological advances and experience by orthodontists, cases that were thought to be impossible for Invisalign are now routinely being treated with exceptional results.
Below are some of the types of issues that Invisalign treats.
- Crowded teeth
Some of these more complex cases require additional fixtures to be added to certain teeth so the aligners can exert the needed pressure to move the teeth.
These fixtures are referred to as buttons, and are small and matched to the color of your teeth. When the treatment is over, they are removed.
Additional Information About Invisalign
Invisalign is a great alternative to metal braces and can now treat a variety of cases, including complex ones. If you are considering Invisalign to treat misaligned teeth, make sure to contact The Smile Architects at 704-875-1621.
Our staff has the experience with Invisialign to treat mild and complex cases. Make sure to contact us today and start down the road to a healthier and straighter smile with Invisalign and The Smile Architects.