Invisalign treatment vs. traditional braces for patients in Las Vegas, NVPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
Dr. Christopher Lim and the team of Hillside Dental encourage patients to consider the many options they have available to them when it comes to addressing misalignment of the teeth. Many patients in the Las Vegas, NV area consider traditional braces. However, with advances in orthodontia, patients now have other options available to them, including treatment with Invisalign.
Invisalign explainedLas Vegas, NV area patients who are interested in Invisalign often wonder what it entails. Invisalign is a way of realigning the teeth that does not require metal on the smile. Traditional braces require an orthodontist to place brackets and wires onto the teeth to aid in movement. However, Invisalign works differently. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays. These plastic trays are worn over the dental arch day and night to gently move the teeth into better positioning. Dr. Christopher Lim and his team of professionals work with patients to determine if they are an appropriate candidate for treatment.
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What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces?Dr. Christopher Lim explains to patients the benefits of Invisalign vs. traditional braces.
- Invisalign achieves the same results in a similar period of time.
- Invisalign is comparable in cost with traditional braces.
- Invisalign uses clear, plastic trays instead of metal wires and brackets to reposition teeth.
- Invisalign is more comfortable because it is smooth and easy to put in and take out.
- Invisalign allows patients to brush and floss their teeth more effectively, reducing the chances of cavities and periodontal disease.
- Invisalign does not scratch or irritate the soft tissues of the mouth in the same way conventional braces do.
- Invisalign is clear and practically indistinguishable from the smile when patients are wearing their trays.
Who is a candidate for Invisalign?
Most patients with mild to moderate misalignment can enjoy treatment with Invisalign. During an initial consultation appointment, patients are evaluated by our team with x-rays and an examination to ensure they are a suitable candidate for this type of treatment. Patients should also be mature enough to understand the importance of compliance and wearing the trays as much as possible. If patients do not comply with treatment, they risk delays in their treatment as well as additional costs to make more trays for their use. Compliance is incredibly important for getting the expected results.
What is the process of obtaining Invisalign aligners?The first step is determining candidacy. Patients need to be deemed appropriate candidates before they can be treated with Invisalign. Once patients have chosen to move forward with this treatment, a special device is used to take digital impressions of the smile. These are sent electronically to the Invisalign laboratories where they make a series of trays. The number of trays in a patient’s series will vary, depending on the severity of their misalignment. The patient returns to the office to be educated on how to use and care for their aligner trays. With proper care and use, patients will be able to enjoy a more beautiful smile in a relatively brief period of time.
How do I use the trays?
Patients use the trays in order to keep the positioning of the teeth progressing forward. Each tray is worn day and night for two weeks before the patient moves onto the next tray in their series. By the end of treatment, patients should have their desired smile, and can utilize the final tray as a retainer by wearing it at night to maintain the results. Many patients are excited to reach the end of their treatment and are often pleased with their new appearance! Patients look forward to sharing their smile with others, instead of feeling self-conscious about the way they look. Invisalign can change lives in so many ways, and can build self-esteem and confidence.