Clear aligners like Invisalign are orthodontic devices that provide an alternative to traditional wire braces. Invisalign works like braces, repositioning the teeth into the correct alignment. The main differences between Invisalign and traditional wire braces are the materials and the visibility. Traditional wire braces are noticed immediately. The wire that runs across the brackets is a highly recognizable sign of traditional wire braces. Invisalign is made of a clear plastic compound that is virtually unnoticeable. The other difference between traditional wire braces and clear removable aligners is that traditional wire braces are made of metal materials, whereas Invisalign is made of a clear elastic thermoplastic material. You can read more regarding traditional wire braces on our Braces page.
The process for getting Invisalign begins by taking an impression or by getting a 3-D scan of your teeth. Both methods are used to make a 3-D model of your teeth. This model is then made into a mold and used to create your Invisalign aligners which work in stages, the initial position of your teeth is used to make the next stage in the correction of your teeth. This is done in the 3-D model and after every stage is completed a new mold for your aligners is made. This process is repeated until your teeth are in the proper alignment.
Traditional wire braces work by loosening the tooth. The tooth is loosened from the force placed on them by the braces. This is due to the tissue that supports the tooth being a stretch. The bone in the jaw also breaks down at the same time. This allows the tooth to be moved by the braces. Once the teeth are in the correct position the bone and the tissue heal providing a more permanent structural support for the newly aligned teeth.
In contrast, Invisalign works by turning and tilting the teeth into position. With every new set of aligners that you receive your teeth adjust to the shape of the aligner that you’re currently using. This process continues until your teeth are in the correct position.
- Easier to determine the length of treatment very precisely
- With Invisalign extractions are not required
- You will experience healthier gums and less risk of damage to your enamel
- Invisalign is virtually invisible
There are also many benefits to using clear removable aligners over traditional wire braces such as:
- Comfortable to wear
- Easy to clean teeth
- Eat the foods you like
- Live an active lifestyle
- Takes half the time of traditional wired braces
- Proven results
- Custom fitted
- Works for many different conditions
At Sapphire dentistry, we have our own in-house Invisalign specialist. Dr. Paul is a certified Invisalign provider. He underwent additional training to enhance his knowledge and understanding of techniques used for patients. So call our friendly team at Sapphire Dentistry today or book online and we can get you booked in with Dr. Paul Hwin to get near-invisible clear braces that can beautify your smile.