When Do Orthodontists Prefer Braces? Because the Invisalign® system makes life easier for their patients, orthodontists often prefer it over metal braces. However, for patients with severely misaligned teeth, braces are the better option. Sometimes, teeth need to be twisted as part of the straightening process.
Originally, Invisalign treatment was created for both dentists and orthodontists to use. But today, orthodontists are the preferred Invisalign providers because they are better trained and more qualified to monitor and modify the treatment when needed.
They can make more money for less effort with Invisalign than they can trying to manage braces. It COSTS the orthodontist way more in material costs (fee to Invisalign vs brackets and wires) for Invisalign. It may be made up for in time savings.
Yes, Invisalign can damage your teeth – however, this is mostly if proper instructions have not been followed regarding your invisible braces. Invisalign is not painless, it's pretty common for your teeth to feel sore and uncomfortable – especially after a new, tightened set.
Shaving teeth or filing them down to fix overcrowding is a rather common practice in orthodontic treatment with Invisalign. When done correctly, it does not pose any hazards.
Is this normal? Straightening the teeth is a dynamic process; your teeth will be changing throughout treatment. During the process of alignment, especially during the first 6 months, you may notice that things look worse before they look better.
After Invisalign treatment, an orthodontist can complete minor reshaping, but if it's more involved, find an advanced cosmetic dentist. It's unlikely that your general dentist has enough experience to reshape your teeth precisely. At times, cosmetic dentists use composite bonding to finish the case.
Invisalign places each of its providers on a scale called “Invisalign Advantage,” which consists of eight tiers, ranging from Bronze to Diamond II. Dentists and orthodontists earn points for each Invisalign treatment they complete, allowing them to advance to higher tiers.
Typically profit margin is 25% for most practices. So, using this number as an example your dentist might realize a profit of 1500 dollars after he pays his lab fee, rent, staff, etc. He will likely spend 8-10 hours on your case reviewing it with you and on the computer.
No, orthodontic treatment, including Invisalign and braces, does not directly impact your nose or lengthen your face. The reason people occasionally think their nose looks different after braces or their face seems to have lengthened is about the angles.
The Question on Everyone's Lips
Can you kiss with Invisalign®? The first bit of good news is that the answer is YES, you absolutely can. The second bit of good news? Invisalign's clear design means your pashing partner probably won't even notice that you're wearing any aligners.
Invisalign can straighten your teeth quicker than traditional braces. Most patients are finished with treatment in just one to two years while traditional braces can take up to three years to yield significant results.
Patients who have dental implants, bridges or TMJ disorder may not be the best candidates for Invisalign. If your teeth are on the smaller side or they're misshapen or eroded, Invisalign may not be practical.
It is normal for your teeth to feel wobbly and loose when you first start wearing Invisalign aligners. This is because the aligners slightly shift your teeth into new, straight positions. Over time, as your teeth become more aligned, the looseness will fade.
Clear aligners fit flush against teeth and don't cause the cuts or discomfort that braces can. While wearers do experience some discomfort with teeth repositioning, the inside of the mouth is largely spared pain with Invisalign.
You Can Get Invisalign From A General Dentist
This is because it's not intended to treat extensive or severe orthodontic issues, so any dentist can learn to treat patients and correct their smiles with Invisalign. Your dentist doesn't need to be an orthodontic specialist to provide this treatment.
Depending on the individual undergoing treatment, it takes 4-8 months to complete. The dentist will use Invisalign Go if your teeth are crowded or widely spaced. They may also use them on teeth requiring slight rotations. This package allows 20-26 Invisalign aligner changes during orthodontics.
Once you stop wearing Invisalign, you need to wear orthodontic retainers so your teeth are held in place while new bone is deposited. It takes about 9 to 12 months for your body to build up enough bone to stabilize teeth.
Invisalign does not actually change the shape of the palate or the jawbone. It merely shifts the teeth once the other corrective action has already taken place. Once the teeth have been shifted into a wider position, the smile will appear wider. Even minute shifts can have a huge impact on the smile.
Be polite but straightforward in requesting a refund. If you are turned down, ask your new dentist or orthodontist to call and request a refund for you. If your Invisalign provider recognizes that another dentist is calling for you, it may help him see that your refund request is worthy of consideration.
Most patients remain with the same orthodontist throughout the entirety of their treatment plan, but yes, switching orthodontists during braces or Invisalign is possible!
No, Invisalign aligners do not make your teeth yellow. However, it can happen. With Invisalign treatment, you should wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day. This leaves you with 2-4 hours when you can have your aligners off.
This unique process works because each new tray is straighter than the preceding tray. However, the aligners are only effective when they're in physical contact with teeth. Because of that, Invisalign strongly recommends that the trays are worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day.
Your teeth may feel more sensitive
Invisalign are made to work around your set of teeth to move them into a better position. There may be a constant force while working around teeth movement, thus, making your teeth feel more sensitive.