Aligner Trays vs. Metal Braces
Are you in need of orthodontic treatment but keep putting it off because you don’t want to deal with the hassle and embarrassment of traditional metal braces? If so, you are not alone and there are other options that may appeal to you: Invisalign and Reveal Clear Aligners (which are sometimes referred to as “clear braces”).
Metal braces, Invisalign and Reveal Clear Aligners are all designed to straighten teeth and improve overall oral health and appearance of smiles. Braces, consisting of metal brackets with wires and small rubber bands holding them in place, have been around for a long time and are very effective for straightening teeth. However, they can be unsightly, feel bulky and uncomfortable and can cause self-confidence issues for teens and adults alike.
Invisalign and Reveal Clear Aligners are simple alternatives to metal braces that can require less time, hassle and embarrassment. Smiles By Stevens is proud to offer these clear braces services to our patients in Lancaster PA!
Invisalign Lancaster PA
Invisalign delivers the same great results, but does so using a series of clear, invisible plastic trays that gently move your teeth into the correct alignment. Since 2000, Invisalign has been offering teenagers and adults an alternative to metal braces.
Although they both give the same great end result of straight teeth, Invisalign has some clear advantages over braces. Metal braces can involve some pain and discomfort due to the brackets and wires. They can rub on your cheeks and cause difficulty effectively flossing and brushing.
On the other hand, Invisalign trays are custom-fitted to your teeth and therefore are very comfortable. The trays are to be changed every two weeks to ensure correct movement and alignment of teeth. The Invisalign trays are also removable – so eating, brushing and flossing can be done with ease.
You can expect to visit your dentist in Lancaster PA every six weeks for check-ups to ensure the Invisalign trays are correctly aligning your teeth.
Reveal Clear Aligners Lancaster PA
Reveal Clear Aligners consist of a series of clear, lightweight plastic trays that correct the alignment of teeth. The trays are custom-made for patients based on 3D images and impressions taken by your dentist at your initial consultation. Once these images and impressions are sent to a lab for fabrication of your custom aligner trays, you will pick up your Reveal Kit from your dentist in Lancaster PA.
Similar to Invisalign, the Reveal Clear Aligner trays should be replaced every two weeks to guarantee your teeth are shifting appropriately. The trays are made of a clear, durable plastic called ClearWear. They provide a snug-fit on your teeth and defend against staining and yellowing. All aligner trays should be worn day and night for approximately 22 hours a day (with the exception of time spent eating, drinking, brushing or flossing).
You should plan on visiting your dentist periodically over the course of treatment to make sure teeth are shifting properly using Reveal Clear Aligners.
How Do I Know if I am a Good Candidate for “Clear Braces?”
“Clear braces,” such as Invisalign and Reveal Clear Aligners, can treat over 90% of orthodontic cases. Patients with overcrowded or misaligned teeth are typically good candidates for clear braces. It is best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stevens in Lancaster PA to complete a thorough dental exam to see if you are a good fit for Invisalign or Reveal Clear Aligners.
The ability to easily remove such aligner trays to eat/drink and clean your teeth is a huge advantage over traditional braces. If you are committed to straightening your teeth by keeping the trays in for at least 22 hours a day, Invisalign or Reveal Clear Aligners may be the right solution for you and your smile.