Invisible orthodontics is an alternative to traditional braces and with it we can solve problems of diastemas, overbites or overcrowding and best of all, no one will notice that you are wearing them.
Is invisible orthodontics as effective as traditional orthodontics?
We can assure you that the effectiveness of invisible orthodontics today is already equal to that provided by fixed orthodontics with brackets. However, in certain more complex movements, the aligner may require the use of auxiliary appliances to achieve this. This appliance could consist of simple elements such as a rotation atache or more complex systems such as a mini-screw or even a sectorial with brackets (always in the non-esthetic posterior area) and it may be necessary to use elastics and buttons for bite corrections.
Therefore, thanks to the development in planning and technological evolution, Invisalign has proven to be as effective as conventional techniques, being a more comfortable, hygienic and aesthetic option.
How long do I have to wear invisible braces?
It is difficult to determine a specific time for all invisible orthodontic treatments, as it will always depend on the type of malocclusion present in the patient, the amount of crowding, the movements required and collaboration with the use of the appliance.
We must distinguish two very different parts in the treatment with Invisalign:
1. Active treatment: referring to the first part of the treatment where most of the movements necessary to meet our treatment objectives will be developed.
2. Phase or phases of refinement necessary for a correct detailing in the completion of the case and that, in normal conditions, have a shorter duration than the active treatment. Under normal conditions, we are talking about a treatment time of approximately one year for simple cases (Invisalign lite: active treatment and refinement) and one to two years for more complex cases in which occlusion modification is required (treatment with Invisalign full and the use of auxiliary appliances such as elastics or mini-screws). It is advisable to carry out a correct planning in order to establish a correct treatment plan for each patient according to his or her needs.
How often should aligners be changed?
The protocol for the change of aligners is determined depending on several factors: type of movements required in the treatment, patient collaboration, availability to come to the consultation… If we had to determine a standard time range for changing the aligners, we could say that we would schedule a change every 7-10 calendar days.
Which cases can be corrected with Invisalign?
Currently, and thanks to the time they have been pioneers in this type of invisible orthodontics, Invisalign can be used to solve almost any type of orthodontic cases. Although it is true that, for certain bite corrections and for some rotational movements, it may require more treatment time to achieve this than would be required with conventional orthodontics to solve this type of malocclusion.
Nowadays, the most advanced invisible aligner systems are comfortable, predictable, esthetic and hygienic thanks to their digital design made with the most advanced planning software to solve each situation in an individualized and safe way, achieving very high satisfaction rates. Despite all these recommendations. It is always advisable to go to your trusted orthodontist to carry out a complete study and carefully assess each individual situation.