Invisalign Aligners

Suppose you have been considering Invisalign or generic clear aligners to treat crowded teeth, an overbite, or other issues. In that case, there are a few things to consider when choosing between the two aligner options. Aligners work to correct orthodontic issues. It is important to understand the differences between Invisalign and other clear aligners with several brands on the market.

How Do Aligners Work?

Aligners work to shift the teeth into a new and healthier position. This is done gradually, just like with traditional braces. Using a series of aligners, each worn for a period, each set of aligners moves your teeth slowly into their new position.

Aligners differ from braces in that they apply a mild pushing force to the teeth to help rotate them into position, whereas braces pull the teeth into place as they are tightened over time. Aligners are customized to fit your teeth using an impression or a mold made by your orthodontist. Each set of aligners is created based on the degree your teeth need to be rotated.

What You Need to Know About Generic Aligners

Invisalign AlignersGeneric aligners are an alternative to Invisalign. These aligners are supposed to straighten your teeth and correct your orthodontic issues without any visits to an orthodontist. It sounds convenient, but it may be too good to be true.

Generic aligner companies typically send you the mold with instructions on making your impressions, and you will also be asked to take photos of your teeth. These are then mailed to the company, reviewed by a dental professional who works for them, and used to manufacture your aligners.
These aligners are an enticing choice because they tend to be cheaper than Invisalign, and they also eliminate the cost of an orthodontic visit. Once your information is reviewed, they choose the aligners they think will correct your orthodontic problem, and they send you that series of aligners. Generic aligners are manufactured out of hard plastic and should closely match your teeth. Before purchasing generic aligners, there are a few factors to consider:

  • Inaccuracy, no fittings – Since you must make your impressions for the molds, there is always a chance that the impressions could be inaccurate. This means that you could end up with aligners that do not fit and are uncomfortable due to the hard plastic. Also, when you do not have fittings with your orthodontist, you cannot have your aligners trimmed for a more comfortable fit.
  • Lack of qualification and consultation – Generic aligners are not always manufactured using a patented software, process, scanner, or material and do not require a consultation with an orthodontist who can lead to ill-fitting aligners.
  • No check-up on progress – While generic aligners may cause minor improvements in the position of your teeth, without a visit to an orthodontist, you will not know if your gums and teeth are ready for treatment. You also have no way to track your progress or adjust your treatment.

Why Invisalign Clear Aligners Are a Great Option

Invisalign is a series of clear aligners used to correct a variety of orthodontic issues. To begin Invisalign treatment, you must visit an orthodontist who must be a registered Invisalign provider. Registered providers go through comprehensive training on the Invisalign product.

When you visit your orthodontist to begin Invisalign treatment, you will first have a consultation where they will determine your orthodontic issue and make sure you are a candidate for the treatment. They will also provide you with an explanation of the treatment process and will develop a customized treatment plan to suit your needs.

Your orthodontist will also cover what type of Invisalign product you will be wearing since there are several types of aligners, each used to treat specific types of misalignment problems. Your treatment plan will show you how your teeth’ positions will change as you progress through treatment. You will also learn more about how to wear the aligners and the cost of treatment.

To begin the Invisalign process, your orthodontist will scan your teeth, capturing images of them in 3D. They will use specialized software to view how each tooth will move throughout treatment. 3D scanning also helps to ensure a comfortable, accurate fit. This software can also be used to show you what your smile will look like at the completion of treatment.

Benefits of Invisalign to consider:

  • Trained consultation and supervision – Only a trained orthodontist can sell Invisalign. They are trained in using the software, scanning, and printing programs, giving you the confidence that your aligners were made correctly.
  • More durable – Invisalign aligners are manufactured from a durable, high-quality material SmartTrack that provides a comfortable, custom fit. These aligners have been proven to be more durable than generic clear aligners and are made from an FDA-approved material and free from latex, gluten, BPS, and BPA.
  • Checkups and fittings – When you work with your orthodontist for your Invisalign treatment, they will be able to make sure that your aligners fit correctly. You will also have regular checkups to make sure your treatment stays on track.
  • Superior accuracy – The mapping software used by Invisalign is designed to look at each tooth and provide exact calculations. This helps your orthodontist ensure that the right amount of pressure is applied to each tooth to move them into their ideal position. This technology is much more accurate than traditional impressions.

Ready to Start Your Invisalign Journey?

King Orthodontics is a Diamond Plus Invisalign Provider and has over 20 years of experience providing Invisalign treatment to patients. If you are interested in Invisalign treatment, contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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