This is usually one of the first questions that come up when we talk to our patients about Invisalign. I would compare Invisalign (invisible braces), the company, to the “The Man.” Kind of the same way people think of Google. Google is everywhere… they are using information that they gain from us using their services to be able to make their company more successful, by making our time on the internet more tailored to us based on everything they’ve learned about us.
So, you’ll notice that if you have been spending a lot of time planning a vacation or researching before purchasing a new car, there will suddenly be a lot of advertisements on your screen about those topics. Even when you are just reading the news or looking at facebook. Kind of scary, in a Terminator/Matrix-y kind of way… when we think about it in those terms. But, kind of awesome when we think about it in terms of teeth!
When Invisalign started in 1998, (we were only able to use it to correct the simplest slight crookednesswith “invisible braces“. As time went by, Invisalign kept every record of how a tooth moved, about what worked and what didn’t. So, if it didn’t work out as well as expected to move a tooth one way, next time we’d try something different.
All of this information about what worked and what didn’t has been stored about every tooth that has been moved by Invisalign invisible braces. So, there are literally millions of examples about what ways work to correct a cross bite, close a space, correct crowding, etc.
This has allowed us, as Invisalign Dentists, to learn how to move teeth more and more predictably and efficiently, as well as help people with a wider range of treatment difficulty. Now we can use all this information to correct everything from complicated orthodontic problems to a small bit of relapse that has happened since a patient’s dog ate their retainers in college.
Back to the original question… “Does Invisalign work as well as traditional braces?”
My answer would be, “Better!”
Not only can Invisalign do what we need orthodontically. It does so while allowing you to clean your teeth normally. Even if you don’t end your treatment and discover new cavities that need fixed immediately; traditional braces are so difficult to clean effectively that when treatment is finished, the cavity process has begun in many places.
“The cavity process has begun” means that even if you don’t have a cavity now, the cavity process has been set in motion and, more than likely, someday will need repaired. This is means that, due to metal braces, people will likely have to spend more time and money at the dentist’s office over the course of their lives.
One of our goals, as Invisalign dentists, at Thomas Anderson and Associates is to touch your teeth as little as possible. Not because we’re lazy, but because we know that tooth repairs are never as good as an original healthy tooth.
Invisalign Invisible Braces helps us both correct your orthodontic problems and do so without causing cavities to begin with.
With all this in mind, the only question anyone thinking about orthodontics needs tobe asking is, “when can we start my Invisalign!”
To view our Smile Gallery for Invisalign Invisible Braces, please visit… http://www.theperfectsmilekc.com/smile-gallery-copy-1/ or contact an Invisalign Dentist at Thomas Anderson and Associates to discuss Invisalign as an option for you to achieve your perfect smile!