When deciding to improve your smile, the choice between Invisalign and braces will invariably come up. Here at Verve Dental in Bentleigh East, Dr Kamal Raj will break down some of the most common questions we get asked to help you make a better decision.
How does Invisalign work?
A series of clear custom-fitted aligners are 3D printed to gradually move your teeth to the desired position. The number of aligners needed will vary from case to case and is determined by how complex the movements are. Some cases need 10 aligners others over 50! Each aligner is worn for 7-10 days for a minimum of 22 hours per day. Aligners can be removed to clean your teeth and eat food.
Is Invisalign faster than braces?
Braces are usually faster at moving teeth. The fact that they are always attached to the teeth means the forces are constant and so is the movement. Braces are also faster at more complex movements especially when teeth have been extracted. Invisalign is different because the aligner can be removed. When the aligner is out of your mouth, the teeth are not moving. In fact, if you leave the aligner out of your mouth long enough, the teeth will shift back to their previous position. Invisalign gives you the lifestyle convenience but requires discipline to make sure they are worn as prescribed.
What is the cost of Invisalign compared to braces?
With most situations the cost is remarkably similar. What you are paying for with Invisalign is the convenience of being able to remove the aligners for cleaning and eating while still achieving the same result.
Will Invisalign fix my overbite?
Fixing of the overbite is possible depending on how severe it is. If it is mild, Invisalign is very good, but if it is severe, braces would be better. If the correction of the overbite requires the extraction of teeth, braces would be better and more predictable.
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