Clear plastic aligners like Invisalign have been on the market since the late 1990s, so many people wonder why celebrities and models have continued to choose traditional or clear braces over Invisalign over the years. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins offer both braces and Invisalign at Collins Dentistry & Aesthetics. Here are some key decision points that make the difference for a lot of patients.
Willpower. Because clear plastic aligners must be removed for eating and drinking, there is always the temptation to leave them off a little longer than is needed to maximize the effects. Align Technology, the makers of Invisalign, say that for optimum results, users must wear their aligners 22 hours a day. Because the aligners are designed to progressively move the teeth into the desired position, the aligners can be uncomfortable, so anyone who realizes that the temptation to give their jaw a break a little too often or a little too long, may achieve better results with braces that don’t give them the option to slack.
Complex Alignment Issues. The technology of clear plastic aligners has improved tremendously over the last two decades, but there are some alignment issues, such as impacted teeth, overcrowded teeth, and severe over- or under-bite that aligners are not yet able to correct.
There are a variety of other considerations that influence whether aligners or braces are the best choice, and your dentist can give you the best advice after conducting a thorough examination of your mouth and x-rays. Impressions will also be taken to provide a 3D image of your jaw in its current state so that the dentist can determine how far the adjustments will need to be. To schedule an examination and discuss whether braces or aligners are right for you, contact our office at 509-532-1111.
Or office in Spokane is located at:
3151 E. 28th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99223
Office phone # 509-532-1111