What is the difference between traditional expanders and Invisalign expansion? Today’s orthodontic techniques are a far cry from the decades when patients had to endure ponderous hardware and lengthy treatment times! Some of the newest cutting-edge orthodontic practices are so lightweight and streamlined you may hardly know they are there!
No matter what type of oral health treatment you or your child requires, there is now a way to achieve faster, more economical and comfortable results. Here, your choice of an orthodontist can greatly influence treatment times and outcomes – you want to work with a physician knowledgeable in the newest, most efficient practices in the field!
One common question many new patients ask is whether they qualify to use the clear aligners (Invisalign) rather than traditional metal expanders. This is an excellent question and in this article, the board-certified practitioners at Marin Ortho give you an overview of what each has to offer, their similarities and differences and a general profile of the ideal patient for each treatment type.
THE DOCTOR SAYS…
– Expansion usually takes 6-12 months regardless of what type of expansion technique we use, when you consider both the active expansion and the stabilization phase.
– Both conventional expanders and Invisalign yield comparable results for our patients
– Early expansion can eliminate the need for both the removal of baby and permanent teeth
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment approach that has been in use since the late 1990s. Marin Ortho is a Top 1% Elite Preferred Provider for North America. Aligners, as their name suggests, are more like temporary retainers than permanent braces. This is because you can take them in and out at any time.
They are also made of a translucent material and they fit only over the bottom front of your teeth, so they are nearly invisible unless you look very closely! Invisalign is available as a treatment for adults, teens and children. This system uses a series of aligners that are typically changed out weekly. Teeth are gradually and comfortably repositioned.
Invisible And Complementary With Other Orthodontic Treatments
There are several obvious and some not-so-obvious benefits to using the Invisalign technology. One, of course, is that they are nearly invisible! Another is that Invisalign aligners can be used with other treatment devices like sectional braces, metal expanders, and habit appliances.
Yet another is that the aligners can be removed as needed for special events, although the more time they are worn (23 hours per day is ideal over the course of treatment) the faster you will get results.
Easy To Manage And Clean
The aligners are also easier to manage, especially for younger patients, since they require no dietary restrictions or extra time spent brushing and flossing around permanent hardware. And they are definitely comfier, with no hard edges that might irritate the soft tissues of the inside of mouth and cheeks.
THE DOCTOR SAYS…
– We recommend removing the clear trays during eating and rinsing with water thoroughly before putting them back in. It helps to carry a refillable water bottle.
One particular benefit that all patients (and especially parents) seem to love is that since the aligners can be created in advance using advanced computer imaging, this cuts down on the need to return to the orthodontic office for maintenance visits and adjustments. We can also remotely monitor patient progress through an app, limiting the amount of in-office check up appointments.
An Independent Treatment Solution
Invisalign is an amazing system for patients who qualify! Generally speaking, you may be a good candidate for aligner-based treatment if you have the discipline to wear your aligners daily for the recommended time period of 20-22 hours and you need or desire a more discreet method of treatment.