When deciding between braces and Invisalign, there are a couple of factors to consider. Invisalign is a relatively recent advance in orthodontic technology that uses clear plastic aligners to correct teeth. Invisalign patients don’t have the same number of dietary restrictions as those with braces because they can remove the aligners before eating or drinking. Also, Invisalign is the preferred method of treatment by those who frequently participate in contact sports.
Although there are no negative effects of Invisalign, certain patients may not qualify for treatment. Patients with severe jaw misplacement may require a more extensive treatment. However, most patients only require minor gap and tooth adjustments that can be fixed with Invisalign. To find out of you qualify for Invisalign, schedule an appointment with The Smile Specialists by calling 610-489-6032.
Does Invisalign Work?
For years, patients have preferred wearing clear Invisalign aligners instead of metal brackets. With the exception of a few severe cases, Invisalign is just as effective as braces if the patient wears them for the suggested amount of time. Patients are required to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours per day. On average, the teeth will move 0.25 mm with each tray. For about a year, Invisalign patients will return to The Smile Specialists every couple of weeks for their replacement trays. Instead of coming in for a monthly wire tightening, Invisalign patients will receive new trays every two weeks for the duration of their treatment.
Although Invisalign works just as well as braces, they require a little more maintenance. Not only do they require the patient to come in for replacement aligners every two weeks, but patients must remember to leave them in their mouth for at least 22 hours per day. Small children and teenagers that may not remember to replace their trays after meals may find traditional braces to be more convenient.
Choose the Right Orthodontist
Thousands of patients have received proper treatment by using Invisalign. The trays are much less visible than metal wires and brackets, and patients don’t have to worry about sores appearing between the lip and bracket. Visiting an Invisalign-trained orthodontist is a quick way to find out if you qualify. Both Dr. McSurdy is Invisalign certified, and they will give first-time patients an accurate estimate of the duration of treatment and the cost.
Call Today for Your First Visit
For a free consultation with an Invisalign-certified orthodontist, call 610-489-6032. Our team will provide you with the treatment and care you need to maintain a healthy smile.