About Invisalign

If you do not want people to know you are getting any treatment done, then there are other methods of straightening crooked teeth without anyone noticing. Such treatment systems like invisalign or braces behind your teeth known as lingual orthodontics are also popular among teenagers, actors, models and adults.

Invisalign has been made famous due to the expensive marketing campaign the company has done in recent years, and almost everyone has heard a little something about it. This treatment technique will be explained below.

Invisalign uses a system of clear plastic like trays that are worn daily that move your teeth a little with each tray worn. There are no metal brackets or wires hence no one knows your getting any treatment done. This may be the choice for you if you want to have control of your treatment and not want anyone knowing your teeth are moving. The clear plastic trays have to be removed when eating and chewing. Because the trays are removed periodically there is not as constant a force on your teeth as with other systems and thus invisalign will take longer to move your teeth than traditional metal braces. Roughly only about 80% of all patients are suitable candidates for invisalign, the remaining cases require different methods to correct the crowding problem. This is because the clear trays have difficulty correcting severe rotations of teeth as well as providing treatment if a patient’s teeth need to be extracted.

One of the biggest advantages of invisalign is that when you smile it can be almost impossible for anyone to tell that you have something in your mouth: as there are no braces, and no wires to be seen. Other people will notice your smile becoming better but will not be able to tell what is going on. If you are a very self-conscious person, you will not be embarrassed as this might be the solution to having that wonderful smile that has been eluding you.

Invisalign is also under your control, if you do not wear the aligners regularly then your teeth will not move much. The more you wear the aligners the more your teeth move, till your ready for your next set of aligners which you receive from your dentist. Invisalign is a completely revolutionary way to straigten teeth for the right candidate.

I would like to stress a point that every doctor performing invisalign treatment is getting the same product; the aligner trays from the exact same company located in California. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the U.S.A. or in Canada or in Egypt for that matter, the same treatment is being performed according to one central factory that makes the product. It makes sense as a consumer that whether you’re in the U.S.A. or locally close to my office to get an estimate for treatment. People should know that in Canada the cost for invisalign in my office can be substantially cheaper than in the U.S.A. or the office down the street in Vancouver. You might be able to save thousands of dollars by getting an estimate for invisalign in my office. You probably will be able to save a lot of time knowing whether the product is for you or not. There are some offices who only can offer invisalign as a method of straightening teeth, and as such they may tell you, you are a candidate for treatment when it may not be able to meet your expectations. As our office offers various other methods of aligning teeth, we can give you an honest answer to the best solution to fix your problem.

Please call our Surrey office at 604 543 5060 to discuss if invisalign is the right solution for your treatment.

We will be offering online consultations for invisalign in the future, if you have pictures of yourself or your teeth, or previous dental models taken of your teeth, please feel free to e-mail them to me, as we might be able to tell if you are a candidate for treatment even before you come to our office.

Braces Vs. Invisalign Treatment time

SpeedBraces/Fast treatment can be done in as little as 10-12months treatment time if there are no jaw abnormalities and teeth are in normal jaw position.
Invisalign treatment by its nature will move teeth a little slower and extend standard treatment time by approximately 6-9 months longer than standard braces treatment provided there are no difficult rotations of teeth etc..
Every situation can be slightly different and require different treatment for the patient and it is best a patient come for an orthodontic consultation to determine the best outcome.

Braces vs Invisalign

Traditional braces are visible metal brackets and wires fixed on teeth where s invisalign are clear retainers which are virtually invisible.
Wires and brackets can irritate the mouth while retainers are smooth and comfortable.
There are food restrictions with braces and there are no such restrictions with invisalign.
Brushing and flossing is difficult with braces, where as it is not the issue with invisalign because the retainers are removable.

Clear Aligners

A person’s bite can improve with invisalign as they might only be chewing on one side which can negatively affect their bite. Clear aligners with correct bite features can fix the bite.  Open bite therapy and deep bite therapy can now be corrected
Data on clear aligner market is growing, exponential growth is increasing demand for aligners as clear aligners are good. Companies like Smile Direct are increasing the access for aligner therapy etc.., The need for healthy hygiene is important before any aligner therapy is started.
Clear aligners like invisalign can fix previous crowding if a patient had orthodontic treatment before, there are now virtual appointments for clear aligners, even teenager are now starting to use invisalign.


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