Everyone can have Invisalign at Maddox Orthodontics
You’ve probably wanted to have straighter teeth for a while, but at this stage in your adult life, metal braces are not a choice you are willing to consider.
Invisalign® offers you the convenience and flexibility to live life without the hassle associated with other types of treatment. From the moment you start Invisalign treatment, you’ll enjoy a better smile every day.
What's more, our team are highly experienced using Invisalign so we can treat any orthodontic problem with Invisalign's discreet aligners.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is the clear alternative to adult braces. Using aligners made from virtually invisible plastic, rather than braces, Invisalign patients can enjoy the benefit of orthodontic treatment without the embarrassment of having treatment.
The aligners look like thin sports mouthguards and are smooth and comfortable to wear, having been custom-made to your teeth. They’re also removable so in addition to there being no irritating brackets or wires to worry about, there are no food restrictions either.
And, with fewer visits to the orthodontist required, Invisalign fits conveniently into your busy lifestyle.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign aligners are custom-made to your teeth using state-of-the-art scanning technology. These aligners come in sets, each of which you are required to wear for a two-week period. After those two weeks are up, you replace your aligners with the next set in the series. Every set is shaped slightly differently to encourage your teeth to move towards their desired position.
Although they are removable, which means you can take them out to eat, brush and floss, it is recommended you wear them for between 20 and 22 hours per day for the best results.
Types of Invisalign
Invisalign comes in four different types:
Invisalign Full: this is the complete Invisalign treatment used for major orthodontic cases. Treatment takes between 18 and 24 months and is just as effective as traditional orthodontic braces.
Invisalign Teen: this is the version of Invisalign designed specifically for teenagers. The aligners come with a blue dot wear indicator so teens – and parents – can keep track of how often the aligners are being worn.
Invisalign Lite: this version of Invisalign has been designed for patients who only have problems with their front six teeth. Because these cases often only require minor orthodontic work, results can be seen in as little as six months.
Invisalign i7: another of Invisalign’s fast treatment options, Invisalign i7 achieves results to the front six teeth in as little as three months.
At Maddox Orthodontics, you’re always a candidate for Invisalign. All you need to do is discover which type is best for you.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are many benefits to Invisalign as this comparison table shows:
|Invisalign®||Traditional Braces||Ceramic Braces||Lingual Braces|
|Description||Invisalign® uses a series of clear removable aligners that fit over teeth. Aligners are custom-made and changed every two weeks in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position||Traditional braces are stainless steel brackets and wires that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.||Traditional ceramic braces are clear brackets that are attached to the outside of the teeth. Wires can either be clear or metal. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.||Lingual braces are metal brackets and wires that are bonded to the back of the teeth. Wires are adjusted throughout treatment in order to gradually move teeth into the desired position.|
|Aesthetics||Virtually invisible||High visibility||Less visible than traditional braces but more visible than lingual braces and Invisalign.||Virtually invisible|
|Cost||The cost of Invisalign treatment is similar to that of traditional braces. As with other medical treatments, only your doctor can determine the cost of orthodontic treatment based on your specific needs. Other factors may include your treatment goals, the difficulty of your case, where you live, and additional factors determined by your orthodontist.|
|Efficacy||Invisalign Teen can be as effective as traditional braces for all of the most common teeth-straightening issues, when worn according to the recommendation of an experienced Invisalign-trained orthodontist.||Suitable for nearly all cases.||Suitable for most cases from mild to moderate complexity. However, it is more difficult for practitioners to manage lingual brace treatment than it is to treat patients with conventional braces.|
|Oral Hygiene||Invisalign aligners can be removed for normal brushing and flossing. Therefore, it's easier to maintain a good level of oral hygiene throughout the course of treatment.||Oral hygiene is harder to maintain with fixed braces when brushing and flossing. For these reasons, there is a general tendency toward increased plaque accumulation and gingival inflammation.||Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces.|
|Comfort||Most people experience temporary, minor discomfort at the beginning of each new stage of treatment. This short-term effect is typically described as a feeling of pressure. Speech may be temporarily affected at the beginning of treatment.||Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces. Broken brackets and wires can cause discomfort and may require urgent attention from your treating practitioner.||Lingual appliances can have an effect on the tongue position and may affect speech throughout treatment. Mouth sores/ulcers may be triggered by irritation from components of the braces.|
|Compliance||Research shows that because aligners are virtually invisible, there is a high level of patient acceptance with Invisalign treatment. 1,2Cleanical study data show average teen compliance is just under 21 hours per day, exactly as recommended.4||High level of compliance-braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of treatment. However, levels of compliance with elastic wear can vary from patient to patient. Also, 5% of patients in fixed treatment experience bracket breakage.3|
|Removable||Removable, but aligners should be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours a day to be most effective.||Not removable. Braces are fixed to the teeth for the duration of orthodontic treatment.|
1Improving Periodontal Health through Invisaling by Robert L. Boyd, DDS, Med.
2Invisalign Australia survey amongs 6 Invisalign Teen Providers. Data on file. 3Bonding in Orthodontics by Björn U. Zachrisson, Tamer Büyükyilmaz. 4Effectiveness of a compliance indicator for Clear Aligners by Orhan C. Tuncay DMD, S, Jay Bowman DMD, Jonathan L. Nicozisis DMD, Brian D. Amy DDS.
Do you want to start your journey to a straighter smile? Book your free consultation at Maddox Orthodontics today and find out how Invisalign can straighten your teeth.