Invisalign and Clear Braces

What is it?

Invisalign is an orthodontic device that uses transparent, incremental aligners to adjust teeth as an alternative to traditional wire braces. Introduced in 2000, invisalign was designed to straighten teeth, improve your smile and overall oral health. Similarly, braces were invented to provide patients with the same results at a more affordable cost. Although invisalign is the latest oral structure solution, clear braces are generally more suitable for patients who have more complex dental issues. These virtually invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners allow you to smile more during treatment as well as after. Invisalign clear aligners are made with 3D computer imaging technology and has been proven effective. However, not all patients are suitable for Invisalign treatment. Only a licensed Invisalign trained provider can determine if you will be a suitable candidate. Cosmetic Dentistry London is a Preferred Invisalign Provider in London, feel free to discuss with our dentist if you are a suitable candidate today.

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Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners virtually invisible, they are removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, with no metal or wires, which also usually means you spend less time in your doctor's office getting adjustments.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to brush, floss, eat and drink anything other than water. As you advance your aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, day by day, week by week — until they have straightened to their designed final positions. Dr. Octavian Tetelbaum will see you about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages about 9 to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case. Please ask Dr. Octavian Tetelbaum during your orthodontic consultation for more detailed explanations.

Invisalign vs Clear Braces?

Invisalign is one of the most well known orthodontic solutions available with many people turning to this method to help strengthen their teeth. However, despite it’s popularity, Invisalign is not always the most effective solution for improving your smile.

Advantages of Clear Braces vs. Invisalign

Invisalign can be removed at any time. However, with clear braces, the brackets are glued to the teeth therefore, the urge to remove them is absent and there is less discipline and time needed to achieve great results. Additionally, braces are known to be highly functional by closing teeth gaps and correcting unaligned teeth. Therefore, patients who are looking for a more cost effective solution with more complicated tooth issues are recommended to go with clear braces as it has been proven to gain outstanding results for many years.