What Are The Differences Between Invisalign & Other Clear Aligners?

by Sacks Orthodontics

Thinking about getting orthodontic treatment? Then you’ve come to the right place. Researching your treatment options can get a bit overwhelming, but we are here to make it simple. If you have already started to look at your options, then you’ve most likely come across treatments like traditional braces and Invisalign aligners. Traditional metal braces are a good option for those with complex issues like severe overcrowding. Braces are usually made up of metal brackets and wires, but there is also a ceramic option for those looking for a more subtle tooth-colored look.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is less invasive than traditional braces but is just as effective. If you are looking for a treatment with a nearly invisible appearance and can commit to following your treatment plan as advised by your dentist or orthodontist, then this is a great option for you.

So what exactly is Invisalign? Invisalign aligners are removable plastic trays designed to gradually move your teeth into the proper position by adding pressure to each tooth. These trays are made of clear, BPA-free plastic and are specifically designed to fit your teeth. Your teeth will shift little by little after wearing a series of invisible trays throughout the span of about 12-18 months.

The terminology used in this treatment will differ, so let us clear a few things up. Invisalign is a brand of invisible plastic aligners. “Invisalign” is a trademark of Align Technology, Inc. engaged in the design, manufacture, and marketing of Invisalign® systems.

Why Do We Use Invisalign?

Keep in mind that not all invisible aligners are created equal. Invisalign is a brand made of SmartTrack material and has been proven to move teeth 50% faster and with more predictability than other aligner brands. Invisalign is so dedicated to their customers that they even created a version for teenagers called Invisalign Teen and Invisalign First for younger children with growing teeth. Invisalign can only be performed by an orthodontist or dentist that has received their Invisalign certification. These professionals are trained to detect any underlying issues and are skilled in the alignment of the mouth's teeth, jaws, and structure.

How Do I Take Care Of Invisalign?

Just like any other orthodontic treatment, oral hygiene will be crucial. Invisalign is used to straighten teeth, meaning that you’ll have to have them for them to do their job. Luckily wearing the aligners is a lot more comfortable than traditional metal braces. Braces and Invisalign require you to brush and floss after every meal, especially after eating sticky foods.

If you have more questions regarding the Invisalign treatment, feel free to reach out to our team. Here at Sacks Orthodontics, we are committed to guiding you through every step of the way. Feel free to give our friendly staff a call or fill out our quick contact form to start the journey towards a healthier smile!

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