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Invisalign® is a remarkable tooth-straightening method that allows patients to have straighter teeth over the course of several months simply by wearing clear plastic aligner trays for at least 22 hours each day. Every few weeks, the patient is provided with a new set of trays as their teeth continue to straighten. Not only are the plastic aligners virtually invisible to other people; they’re also more comfortable than conventional braces, and the wearer can remove the aligner trays to eat meals and brush and floss. There are two Invisalign® treatment options available: Invisalign® for adults and Invisalign Teen®. The only difference between the two is that the teen version provides for more sets of aligner trays at no additional cost (if needed), the aligners include indicators to inform parents whether their kids are wearing the trays for the required time each day, and the teen aligners help to guide a teen’s tooth roots to their proper locations.
Orthodontic technology has made remarkable advancements over the past several years. Modern patients wanting a straighter smile have a wide variety of methods from which to choose. But for many of these people, conventional metal braces are still the “go-to” method for straightening teeth. This traditional orthodontic treatment has been around for many decades, and is still the preferred method for a variety of reasons. Consisting of metal brackets that are bonded onto the patient’s teeth and connected with archwires and ligatures, all of which exert a slow and steady pressure to straighten teeth over time, conventional braces offer an extremely effective treatment for virtually any dental patient no matter how severely crooked their teeth may be. Traditional braces are typically somewhat less expensive than other orthodontic tooth-straightening methods, and many insurance policies will cover at least a portion of the cost of treatment.
Lingual braces employ the same tooth-straightening technology as traditional metal braces with one important difference: the brackets used with lingual braces are bonded to the back side of the patient’s teeth instead of the front. The result is that these braces are virtually invisible to other people. Just like conventional braces, lingual braces consist of metal brackets, archwires, and ligatures, all of which apply constant and gentle pressure on the patient’s teeth over a period of time lasting between 18 and 36 months. At the end of the treatment, patients with even the most severely crooked smiles are rewarded with a straighter, more beautiful smile. While this method is just as effective as traditional braces, it’s important for the patient to know that lingual braces may be irritating to the gums and other soft tissues, although most patients become accustomed to the braces in time. Another added benefit is the cost – our INBRACE lingual braces are surprisingly affordable!
Many modern orthodontic treatment methods are based on the technology employed with traditional metal braces. That’s because the conventional means of straightening teeth is so effective. And self-ligating braces are yet another treatment that falls into that category. This tooth straightening method consists of brackets that are bonded to the surface of each tooth, archwires that connect the brackets, and ligatures that attach the archwires to the brackets. But unlike traditional metal braces, self-ligating braces utilize clips or brackets instead of rubber bands or elastic ties. The provides several benefits for the patient: self-ligating braces shorten the time required in the initial stage of the tooth straightening process; the clips/brackets are easier to clean; many patients find self-ligating braces to be more comfortable than traditional braces, and; because this treatment method requires fewer adjustments, it typically requires fewer visits to the dentist or orthodontist.