Often, crooked teeth, if left untreated have the ability to change the entire structure of your jaw and face. But before you cringe at the thought of metallic chips and braces on your teeth, did you know that there’s another alternative – ‘invisible’ braces called Invisalign? And what’s more, Invisalign braces in India are now a reality! If you or your child are one of the many people who are considering orthodontic treatment, it’s only natural that you’ll have a number of questions and Dr. Priyank Mathur, a dentist in Hinjewadi is here to clarify your doubts.
Braces involve gluing metallic or ceramic brackets to your teeth and tying them together with wires and tiny rubber bands. On the other hand, Invisalign, designed to be invisible consists of a clear removable aligner tray worn over your teeth. These aligners are customised specially for your teeth. But what will work best for you? Here’s a list of basics for you to compare.
|Attribute||Braces (Non Removable)||Invisalign (Removable)|
|Colour||Metallic silver or ceramic based enamel coloured||Transparent|
|Treatment time||24/7 for about two years||22-24 hours a day for 6 to 18 months, depending on teeth position|
|Maintenance||Regular brushing and cleaning with the use of a toothbrush and water-pick||To be removed before every meal; teeth need to be brushed after food to avoid staining|
|Follow-up visits||Monthly dental check ups recommended||Aligner trays to be changed upon dentist recommendation every 2-4 weeks; dental checkups every 4-6 weeks|
|Benefits||More effective for complex issues, no temptation to leave them out||Easily removable, no discomfort from wires, no issues of food getting caught|
|Negatives||Discomfort from wires or brackets, may have difficulty eating certain foods, tooth discolouration may occur||Need to be removed before all meals, proper brushing post meals required to avoid staining|
If you’d like to consider Invisalign or if you have more questions, don’t hesitate to visit us at Smilekraft Dentistry today!