Invisalign and other clear aligner brands carry many distinct advantages compared to traditional braces. One of the most striking differences between clear aligners and braces is that clear aligners can have faster treatment times and fewer appointments.
On average, clear aligner treatment lasts about 12 to 18 months. The actual treatment time depends on how much movement is required to achieve your goals.
How Clear Aligners Work
Clear aligners present an advanced treatment method for gapped, crooked, and misaligned teeth. Clear aligners can also treat minor dental bite issues like overbite and underbite.
The dentist uses 3-D models to design and create a series of clear medical-grade plastic aligners. When the aligners return from the dental lab after a short wait, you can begin treatment.
You will wear each aligner for approximately two weeks, gently guiding your teeth to optimal positions. You may feel pressure when you change to the next aligner in the series.
Why Clear Aligners Are Faster
What sets clear aligners apart from standard braces is that clear aligners move every tooth simultaneously. Orthodontists move only one tooth at a time using braces, adjusting the braces' force by bending the archwire.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners have no irritating metal parts that can rub the inside of the lips and cheeks, causing sores. The plastic material is smooth and nearly undetectable in your mouth.
Almost no one will notice that you are using clear aligners. They may notice something subtly different about your look, but they may be unable to tell what it is unless you share it.
No Food Restrictions
Clear aligners must come out when you eat or drink to avoid stains and damage. This quality means you can eat nearly anything you want with clear aligners. Simply clean the aligners and your teeth before replacing them.
Easy-to-Clean Teeth and Aligners
Unlike braces, clear aligners are easy to keep clean. You can use a mild, non-abrasive toothpaste or a branded cleaning solution.
Clear aligners can keep your teeth significantly cleaner, leading to a lower chance of tooth decay and gum disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Aligners
How long will I need to wear my aligners each day?
Aligners must stay in for at least 22 hours daily, including during sleep. You should take them out only for cleaning, eating, and drinking. You may experience longer treatment times or reverse beneficial effects if you wear your aligners for less than 22 hours per day.
Is Invisalign painful?
You may experience mild discomfort when changing to a new aligner, but the pressure should subside within a few days.
Call Suwanee Family Dentistry
Clear aligners present many advantages over braces, but they are not always appropriate for every patient. Your family dentist can help you choose the best orthodontic system to improve your smile. Please call our Suwanee, GA, office at 678-714-2380 or request an appointment below.