How Invisalign® is Revolutionizing Orthodontics for Both Children and Adults
Our world and the people in it enjoy things to be in alignment. Gears, tracks and even teeth. At one time, straightening your teeth was a lot like gears and tracks – metal brackets attached to your teeth and bound by wire. While the traditional method still works, today the residents of Winnipeg and Thompson have more options than ever before when it comes to teeth straightening treatments without the bulkiness of traditional braces.
Orthodontist Dr. Gary Levine is proud to be one of the leading sources for Invisalign® and clear braces in Manitoba as an appealing alternative to traditional metal or porcelain braces for patients seeking a beautiful, healthy “luv your smile” smile.
Invisalign® offers a number of benefits, including their convenient design, making them easily removed for cleaning, brushing, and flossing; they are low maintenance; and they are made from a specially designed thermoplastic material that is extremely comfortable. However, in a side-by-side comparison, what is the actual difference for you, the consumer?
Both braces and Invisalign® were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Consumers first began using Invisalign® in 2000, so it doesn’t have a lengthy history like braces.
- Braces consist of metal brackets glued to your teeth bound by wire and tiny rubber bands. Today, you can get brackets to more closely match your teeth color to make them more discrete or in color to make a fashion statement with your mouth.
- Invisalign® is a form of clear, removable aligners. Custom-designed BPA-free clear plastic aligners fit the specific needs of your mouth and teeth and are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Because they are virtually invisible, there is also less social stigma that can lead to a lowered self-esteem.
Other Measurable Factors Include:
- Treatment time: braces are worn continuously for about 2 years; Invisalign® are worn for 22-24 hours per day for 6 to 18 months.
- Maintenance: braces require regular brushing and flossing; Invisalign® requires brushing and flossing as well as rinsing trays in lukewarm water.
- Follow up visits: Braces: monthly; for Invisalign®, change aligner trays every 1-2 weeks and expect dentist visits every 4 to 6 weeks.
Braces have traditionally been associated with pain, sores or discomfort from wires, brackets or tooth movement, difficulty eating, and even tooth discoloration or breakage. They are also less than ideal for playing rough contact sports.
Invisalign® offers more flexibility, but there may still be discomfort from tooth movement. They must be removed before eating or drinking anything but water, and you must brush after each meal to avoid staining your
teeth. They are also not recommended for patients who have bridgework, back tooth bite issues, the need to rotate canines or premolars, the need to move teeth vertically, and lack the discipline to keep trays in for at least 22 hours daily.
Your Orthodontist in Winnipeg
To book a consultation appointment to see if Invisalign® is right for you, call the Levine Dental Corporation in Winnipeg or Thompson
at 204-253-5786 today and Dr. Levine will clearly explain how the aligners work, the treatment process, and address any concerns or questions you may have. New patients are always welcome.