Braces are the best option for people with severe misalignments and for most children and teens. Invisalign and other brands of clear aligners are the ideal choice for adults who want a nearly invisible and more comfortable orthodontic treatment, as long as the teeth aren't too crooked. Clear aligners work faster than braces because they apply pressure to all of the teeth together, rather than each individual tooth. Clear aligners are plastic replicas of your teeth that put gentle pressure on them to reposition them slightly.
They are one of many technological advances that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous, and one of the many appliances that orthodontists use to move teeth and align the jaws. The length of treatment depends on the patient's specific case, but Invisalign treatment tends to be faster for most types of orthodontic diagnoses. Invisalign aligners provide comprehensive force on the teeth, rather than the individual movement of the teeth that is achieved with braces. Thousands of customers have filed complaints against homemade aligners, for an ineffective treatment or, in many cases, for permanent damage to the teeth, gums and mouth.
Whatever treatment you choose, remember that both braces and Invisalign aligners are tools used by your experienced doctor. Be sure to find an orthodontist with experience in Invisalign, in an orthodontic office, not a general dentist. It's possible to get out of a good routine with Invisalign treatment by not putting them back on after meals, for example, or forgetting to sleep while wearing them. It's perfectly acceptable to visit several different offices to compare prices and see if your condition can be treated with braces or Invisalign treatment.
Some complex conditions may require a combination of braces and Invisalign aligners to be properly corrected. Small protuberances of composite resin (tooth-colored filling material) are placed on several teeth to help the aligner hold the tooth and be able to move it correctly. While Invisalign aligners may not have enough grip to remove teeth that have grown in the wrong place, the tension placed on the braces when they are pulled is extremely effective in moving those teeth. It is essential to avoid drinking soft drinks, flavored waters or sports drinks while wearing the aligners.
If you're interested in a mail-order aligner treatment, think carefully about the health risk to your smile. While braces are also effective in treating a variety of conditions, in certain cases, the total pressure exerted by Invisalign aligners may be even more effective than braces.