Is Invisalign Better Than Braces?20 Jul 2015, Posted by Uncategorized in
On many occasions, patients will ask me which treatment is the best for them: Invisalign or Clear Braces? As an orthodontist in Sudbury, using both Invisalign and braces, the answer is: It depends on the case!
I usually recommend Invisalign for patient that have a shallow overbite or an open bite. A shallow overbite is when the upper front teeth or upper incisors minimally cover the lower incisors. An open bite is where a patient has a gap between their upper and lower front teeth (incisors).
Clear braces or braces are great at reducing deep overbites and we regularly use them in our patients to do this. The problem is that when a patient has a shallow overbite or an open bite, braces tends to worsen these conditions. In the example below, you will see that the patient’s open bite (gap between their upper and lower incisors), got worst with braces. As a result, this makes treatment more complicated. The patient may have to wear elastics to help close the open bite or we may have to extract a couple of premolars to help close the open bite.
In fact, before the advent of Invisalign, we would regularly refer our patients for extractions to their Sudbury dentist or for surgery in Toronto to help close their open bites. Now, that clear aligners like Invisalign are available, I regularly recommend Invisalign for my patients. Invisalign work very well for patients with shallow overbites or open bites because it doesn’t reduce the overbite like braces does. As a result, at Hometown Orthodontics, Invisalign is the first choice of treatment in patients who come in with this type of problem.
The patient below is a Sudbury Invisalign Patient who was treated by Dr. Virdee here at Hometown Orthodontics. She had crowded upper and lower front teeth, a crossbite on the left hand side and a shallow overbite (i.e. there was minimal vertical overlap between her upper and lower front teeth). Treatment with braces would have resulted in reducing the shallow bite further, which would have resulted in an open bite or a gap between the upper and lower incisors – in which case we would have extracted teeth. However, we recommended Invisalign for this patient, and you can see that we were able to align the upper and lower front teeth, give the patient a deeper overbite, correct the crossbite on the left side and obtain coincident midlines where the upper and lower front teeth line up with each other and the centre of the face – all without the extraction of any teeth! This patient was in treatment for approximately 18 months. What a difference!
Don’t get me wrong – braces are great. But Invisalign is also a great tool for orthodontists to use in the right cases. Our Sudbury patients choose Invisalign over braces for other reasons too. Here are just some of them:
1. Invisalign is clear – hardly anyone notices that you are wearing them
2. Invisalign is removable. Unlike braces which are glued to your teeth, Invisalign trays or aligners are removable, which means you can eat what you like, brush without restriction, and remove the aligners if you have a fancy event to go to.
3. Invisalign treatment takes less time. This is true in certain cases like the case shown above. But generally speaking, Invisalign takes the same amount of time as clear braces or regular braces does.
4. Minimal irritation to lips or cheeks.
5. Minimal emergency appointments. If you have no hardware to break, the chances of emergency visits are less likely
Remember, not all cases or bites can be treated by Invisalign, so it is best to get an opinion from a certified professional like an orthodontist to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign.
Have a question about Invisalign or braces treatment? Ask your Sudbury Orthodontist, Dr. Virdee at email@example.com or come in for a free consult.
***Dr. Virdee is the leading provider of Invisalign in Sudbury and the only certified provider of Invisalign Teen in Sudbury.