This comparison video will argue the plus and minus points of using either Invisalign (invisible braces or the more conventional.
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What are the advantages of Invisalign over traditional braces? Jennifer Salzar, DDS: The new trend in orthodontics is invisible aligners. They're very nice because you can't see them. They just fit over the teeth and you wear a series of these aligners and they slowly straighten your teeth. The advantage is they're removable, so you can clean your teeth. You could floss and brush, whereas with braces, it's more difficult to have proper oral hygiene. David E. Paquette, DDS: Invisalign is the latest technology. It's really a paradigm shift in how things are done. I was a complete skeptic before I took the course and learned how effective Invisalign can be. With traditional braces, the orthodontist has immediate control over every single frame that happens. If a patient doesn't cooperate or the teeth don't move as expected, you can make small adjustments along the way. More or less like driving your car, you hit a bump in the road, you turn the wheel and you keep going where you're supposed to go. With Invisalign, all that's done on a computer before we ever start, so you can actually see the treatment from beginning to end. What that means for the orthodontist is they have to get used to looking at a virtual patient on the computer in anticipating all those little problems that they've seen throughout their career and experience and plan for those ahead of time. So, to the orthodontist, it's a complete paradigm shift, because they're basically treating the patient on a computer, and then carrying that treatment to the patient, as opposed to planning the treatment ahead of time, and following along with the patient to make all those little adjustments. Jennifer Salzar, DDS: Invisalign has been available since 1999. It's definitely an accepted method of treatment. I would say most orthodontists have been trained in this method and can opt to use it if they like. It's a very well-known idea. It's actually not a new concept; it's an old concept that now has been married with the technology. David E. Paquette, DDS: Invisalign uses a process called Stereolithography, which takes a computerized image and creates a three-dimensional object that exactly matches what was on the computer. They have a bath of plastic that is activated by light. So a laser recreates what's on the computer, and you actually watch these three-dimensional molds of a patient's teeth and merge out of the plastic, it's almost like Terminator II type of science fiction. It happens so quickly that it's just amazing. They use that technology more than any one else in the world. If I'm not mistaken, I think, the entire Stereolithography process was either started or refined at NASA, and then got carried through. Now, Invisalign uses it more than anyone else. But it's really fascinating to watch. Jennifer Salzar, DDS: You take them out whenever you eat and whenever you brush your teeth. David E. Paquette, DDS: So, generally speaking, it's a lot easier to maintain, nice, healthy gums and everything than it is with braces. Jennifer Salzar, DDS: You really can't see them, you really can't; they're almost invisible. If you're more than a foot away from a person, you can't tell if they're wearing them. David E. Paquette, DDS: The biggest advantage is oral hygiene. Being able to completely remove the appliances from your teeth and brush and floss after meals and before you go to bed and in the morning, that is a tremendous advantage. We encourage all our patients with regular braces to do the same thing, but I don't know if you ever wore braces, taking a floss threader and getting in and around every single tooth is a significant time commitment, every single day, several times. With Invisalign, it's no different than if you weren't being treated at all. So, there is a big advantage to that, and with our adult patients particularly, we see many adults that their oral health actually improves during Invisalign treatment, because they become flossing phonetics. They take them