You’ve probably heard of Invisalign. If you have teeth that aren’t naturally in line, you may have even wondered if this corrective treatment would be right for you. This has got to be one of the biggest questions about the Invisalign method (next to cost): is it right for me? Perhaps behind that question is the one of “is Invisalign better for me than braces?”
There are obvious reasons why Invisalign seems like a better system. Wearing aligners sounds a lot more convenient – and comfortable – than having metal fixtures on your teeth for a few years. Then there is the matter of appearance. Who can argue the fact that clear, plastic aligners are a lot more discreet than brackets, even those that are “tooth-colored.” Finally, Invisalign is advantageous because you don’t have to alter your eating habits, at least not much. Yes, you have to remove fixtures before you eat, but that means there is nothing to stand between you and your favorite food.
These are obvious reasons why patients consider Invisalign. What may stop them, though, is that question about efficacy. Will clear aligners do as good a job as metal brackets and wires at correcting misalignment? Here’s what you should know . . .
Invisalign treatments were first conducted in the late 90s. At that time, the system was approved for mild misalignment. A turned tooth, or one that slightly overlapped another. These were problems that Invisalign could handle. Not very much, right? But let’s keep watching.
Over the years, the makers of this system paid very close attention. They tracked what worked, and made notes of what didn’t. They took that data back to their proverbial drawing board (or maybe a literal drawing board!) and they kept at it, making necessary modifications that would expand the capabilities of their aligners. And it worked.
Today, patients with an overbite, a crossbite, an underbite, or gapped teeth can regain a healthier, more attractive smile without braces. Patients with teeth that are turned, or overlapped, or otherwise mispositioned can get the help they need without impacting their appearance through the course of treatment. Additionally, they can do so without impeding the effectiveness of their oral hygiene practice, which means less risk of post-treatment decay.
We have not reached a point at which Invisalign is right for every situation. However, don’t rule this system out in your case. Get the details on Invisalign from your Houston dentist. Call (281) 486-8061.