Tooth straightening with transparent splints – the advantages & disadvantages of Invisalign therapy
Invisalign? When it comes to tooth straightening, patients now have a relatively wide choice of possible treatment methods. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages, but these are more or less decisive for the patient depending on the malposition of the teeth and the individual situation. In order to find the right method of treatment, it is always helpful to compare the various advantages and disadvantages.
All at a glance – the advantages and disadvantages of Invisalign
A tooth straightening with the Invisaign therapy brings many advantages, especially in comparison to the conventional treatment methods. A short treatment time and the inconspicuous design are only a few of many. But every positive also has a downside and so also the Invisalign treatment has some disadvantages. To give you a good overview, we have listed all the advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of Invisalign – unobtrusive and uncomplicated
The most important advantage of Invisalign for most patients is probably the optical aspect. The transparent design of the rails makes them almost invisible and is therefore very inconspicuous and discreet. Thanks to modern technology, the treatment is very effective, which can greatly shorten the duration of treatment depending on the case. During sporting activities, the splint offers additional protection for the teeth. Where conventional braces make sports almost impossible and severely restrict the patient, the splints protect and do not interfere with the wearer.
In addition, the treatment with the splints has the advantage that it is almost painless. A slight pressure is described by patients after a splint change or after prolonged wearing of the splints. However, pain is not common during treatment. The maintenance of the splints is very simple, as they can be removed and cleaned easily with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.
Advantages of Invisalign – everything at a glance:
- optically hardly visible due to transparent design
- the handling and maintenance is very simple
- protect teeth additionally during sports or other activities
- does not cause pain during treatment
- almost all malpositions can be treated with Invisalign
- modern technology is effective and moves teeth very precisely
- the tooth movements can be precisely planned and controlled
- has a shorter duration of treatment than conventional methods
Disadvantages of Invisalign – these problems may occur
There are also disadvantages with Invisalign rails. However, these are very minor. While the splint is worn, food and colouring foods such as coffee, black tea and sugar-containing sweet drinks must be avoided. On the one hand, this is due to the fact that the splint can discolour and thus become visible, but on the other hand, the health of the teeth is endangered by drinks containing sugar, as tooth decay is favoured. Smoking must also be avoided to a large extent during the carrying of the rail, as this can also discolour the rail.
In some cases, wearing the splint may cause a slight speech defect in the form of lisp. In most cases, this phenomenon is worn after the first few hours, but no longer noticeable. Invisalign therapy requires good cooperation from the patients. The conscientious wearing of the splints is at the sole discretion of the patient. In order to achieve the desired success of the splints, however, they must be worn regularly, otherwise the desired result cannot occur.
Disadvantages of Invisalign – everything at a glance:
- the consumption of sweet drinks during the wearing of the splints promotes the formation of caries
- staining foods and cigarettes must be avoided, otherwise the rails may discolor
- patients have to actively participate in the process and wear the splints regularly
- in the first hours of wear there may be a slight speech defect in the form of lisp
Pro and Contra Invisalign
The Invisalign Therapy – everything you need to know to treat
Anyone who has not yet dealt with the subject of Invisalign will first encounter many open questions. What is Invisalign anyway? Am I suitable for the treatment? How much does the transparent rails cost? And how long does a treatment like this take? In order to answer all your questions, we have summarized the most important information about Invisalign. Any more questions? Visit the SmileClub and find out more about the topic Invisalign and arrange a free consultation near you!
Invisalign Treatment – What is it anyway?
Invisalign are transparent rails made of a proprietary SmartTrack material. They are manufactured individually for each patient and enable tooth movements. They are clinically tested and have many advantages over conventional models such as metal braces. They improve the control of tooth movement and can even rotate it.
Invisalign splints can be used to treat malpositions, such as over-, under- and cross bites, but also tooth gaps, open bites, crowding or a general malposition of the teeth. With the help of small tooth-coloured burls, also called attachments, which are attached to the teeth, tooth movement is only possible. The splint holds on to the small anchors that are placed at important turning points of the teeth and thus enables an individually coordinated tooth movement for each patient. Due to this technique the system works very effectively and the duration of treatment can be shortened compared to conventional treatment methods.
The rails are very easy to clean as they can be easily removed. This facilitates the handling of the rails and their integration into everyday life. This makes cleaning and care very easy and uncomplicated for the patient. The splint must be removed for eating, drinking is possible with the splint without any problems. Activities such as sports can also be carried out with the splints, as they do not impair the teeth but provide additional protection.
- invisible rails made of proprietary SmartTrack material
- nearly all malpositions can be treated with Invisalign
- Attachments in combination with the splints also allow difficult tooth movements
- easy to clean handling
Tips for carrying your rails
The costs – to be determined individually for each patient
The costs for orthodontic treatment cannot be determined in advance. In addition, the costs are different for each patient, as each case has different characteristics. How much the treatment really costs in the end depends on many different factors. This naturally includes the degree of malpositioning and the resulting number of splints required and the duration of treatment. These factors vary from patient to patient and determine the final cost of treatment.
- a lump sum cost estimate cannot be made
- The strength of the malposition of the teeth significantly determines the costs and the duration of treatment
- the costs are different for each patient
The duration – depending on many factors
The duration of the treatment varies greatly from case to case. In general, the duration of the treatment always depends on the degree of malposition, but also on the type of malposition. Thus no general statement can be made about which tooth malposition can be treated faster than another, since the degree of the malposition is always decisive.
Normally between 7 and 80 pairs of rails are required. Each splint is worn for two weeks. The maximum duration of treatment for very severe malpositions is therefore about 3 years. For mild to moderate cases, a treatment period of about 6 to 18 months is usually planned. It often happens that one jaw needs less or longer treatment than the other. That a jaw needs more or less splints is so by no means unusual. However, the individual duration of treatment must be assessed and determined by a physician and cannot be stated in general terms.
- the duration depends on the individual malposition of the teeth
- normally, the treatment lasts between 6 and 18 months
- the duration depends on the amount of rails required
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