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Wanted to know if I can back down from invisalign to get clear metalbraces?

Wanted to know if I can back down from invisalign to get clear metalbraces?

Yes you can: Please make sure you consider the service, not the gadget. The answer to your question is "probably, " depending on your diagnosis and treatment requirements. The best person to answer this question as it applies to your individual problem set is a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist. ...Read more

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Invisalign (Definition)

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign, are clear plastic trays designed to tip your teeth into improved alignment. They are extremely esthetic, and must be worn >22 hours/day to be effective. They are not a braces substitute, are only about 60% as effective, take longer, are more expensive, and don't provide as much post-treatment stability. See an Orthodontic ...Read more


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Your opinion on the pain of inman aligner vs. The pain of invisalign? I'm def. An invisalign candidate; might be for inman (anterior crowding only).

Your opinion on the pain of inman aligner vs. The pain of invisalign? I'm def. An invisalign candidate; might be for inman (anterior crowding only).

Invisalign less: Inman aligner uses on one appliance to move the teeth. Therefore, the initial force will be substantially higher, and there might be more pain associated. Invisalign uses a series of aligners, each one programed to move the teeth a very, very small distance. Therefore, there is less initial pressure, and less associated discomfort. ...Read more

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What is the cost range for getting clear braces or Invisalign?

What is the cost range for getting clear braces or Invisalign?

Cost: Cost of treatment varies with the difficulty of he malocclusion. Orthodontic treatment is a service, not a commodity. Please schedule an appointment with one or more fully qualified Orthodontic Specialists for an initial examination (usually free) severity of your problem, best appliance to resolve your malocclusion, anticipated treatment time, retention protocol, and so much more. ...Read more

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My dr. Recommended a clear invisalign retainer but for my lifestyle (I am a flight attendant and can't easilly remove my retainers for eating)I feel a permanent retainer would be best. Can I make the switch? The only time I take them out is to brush and t

My dr. Recommended a clear invisalign retainer but for my lifestyle (I am a flight attendant and can't easilly remove my retainers for eating)I feel a permanent retainer would be best. Can I make the switch? The only time I take them out is to brush and t

Unknown: Your dentist felt that the Vivera retainers were best for your specific treatment, but you feel otherwise. You'll have to discuss your desires with them. If it is agreed that a fixed lingual wire will work equally as well for your post treatment retention, then I'm sure it can be placed for a nominal fee. ...Read more

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Was wondering if I have signs present of minor periodontal will invisalign still work to sort out a cross bite and help re align my teeth?

Was wondering if I have signs present of minor periodontal will invisalign still work to sort out a cross bite and help re align my teeth?

# of considerations: No qualified orthodontist would consider corrective rx in the presence of infection...Gum disease must be resolved first. If cross bite is skeletal it cannot be resolved in an adult with tooth movement alone...Surgery is required. Clear aligners are less than 1/2 as effective as braces in correcting crossbites. Please see a qualified orthodontic specialist. This is beyond a gp's training. ...Read more

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My clear retainers (invisalign) make my teeth look grey and dull. What can I use?

Retainers or teeth?: If your Invisalign trays or retainers have turned grey, it may be from your retainer cleaning technique. See your Orthodontist. If the teeth are discolored, see your Dentist. There may or not be an OTC solution depending on the cause, but you will have to be seen to be evaluated. ...Read more

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Can Invisalign intrude and extrude teeth or only align them? I'd don't want to wear wire braces, but I need intrusion of my front teeth.

Can Invisalign intrude and extrude teeth or only align them? I'd don't want to wear wire braces, but I need intrusion of my front teeth.

To some extent: Braces are still the gold standard. Clear Aligners are not as effective as braces in many movements in addition to rotational alignment. See a qualified Orthodontic Specialist rather Ghana GP. They do treatment better, master, and with more competence. Consider clear braces as a better alternative. If you insist on Aligners, have it done by a fully qualified professional. ...Read more

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I just got a deep cleaning, do I still need a regular cleaning? I want to get my teeth molded for invisalign so I want a clear mouth. I havetatar left

Of course: After the deep cleaning, you should be seen for periodontal maintenance visits which generally occur every 3-4 months due to the risk of developing subgingival calculus once again. Always properly clean your teeth with invisalign and maintain good oral health. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is invisalign effective?

Is invisalign effective?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more

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Can anyone get invisalign?

Can anyone get invisalign?

Of course: However, Invisalign doesn't make the best choice for correcting all types of deep overbite, malocclusion or other orthodontic disorders. See your orthodontist for examination, imaging and treatment options. ...Read more

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What is invisalign made of?

What is invisalign made of?

Invisalign plastic: Invisalign plastic is USP class vi medical grade poyurethane resin that is bisphenol-a (bpa) free. ...Read more

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How effective is invisalign?

How effective is invisalign?

It is effective: Most conditions that require orthodontic treatment can be accomplished with invisalign. The length of treatment depends on the complexity of what needs to be done. Not all dentists or orthodontists are comfortable with this mode of care so seek one who is experienced and skilled in this area. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who qualifies for invisalign?

That depends: Regular braces are attached to your teeth. They are harder to clean but you don't have to worry about losing them. Invisalign is removable. This makes cleaning your teeth easier, but if you lose them or forget to put them in they will not work. So which is better partially depends on the patient's personally. Also regular braces can correct some conditions that invisalign can not. ...Read more

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Will invisalign work after 20?

Will invisalign work after 20?

Absolutely: Invisalign, and any orthodontics for that matter, will work at any age as long as the teeth are healthy. Often times adults do better with invisalign due to the increased level of compliance necessary. ...Read more

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Who qualifies for invisalign?

Who qualifies for invisalign?

Teens-adults: Invisalign can be used to treatanyone from teenagers to adults. The limiting factors are what corrections need to be done (not any/every ortho case qualifies for invisalign) and compliance of patient. For this reason I tend not to do invisalign on teenagers under 18, but if you/child is very cooperative, it can be used for as young as 16 yr old (again, depends on what is to be corrected). ...Read more

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Pros & cons of using invisalign?

Pros & cons: Clear Aligners less visible and smoother. Braces 25-55% more effective, work faster, teeth more stable after treatment. The choice of appliance is less important then the choice of provider. Make sure you are seeing a fully qualified Orthodontic Specialist, with 5, 000+ more Orthodontic training, and who does nothing but Orthodontic care. ...Read more

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Please tell me about invisalign?

Please tell me about invisalign?

Like braces: Invisalign is an alternative to tranditional braces. They use clear retainers over a series of steps to move your teeth. They typically cost more, but offer a great alternative for adults who don't want people to see braces. Mouthguards will protect your teeth, but not move them. ...Read more

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Will invisalign work in any case?

Will invisalign work in any case?

Today's Invisalign: Today's version of invisalign is so advanced compared to where it started years ago. We use invisalign today for difficult cases we would have avoided years ago. Especially for adults and people in the speaking or entertainment industry, invisalign is an exceptional system. For most cases, I submit a revision as the computerized version can be modified to produce a much better result. ...Read more

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Can invisalign work for everyone?

Can invisalign work for everyone?

No: Invisalign is the leading clear aligner therapy in orthodontics but some patients' teeth are not suited for invisalign because of a variety of reasons such as: 1) too much crowding, 2) skeletal issues, or 3) because some patients will not be compliant about wearing their invisalign aligners. If you are really opposed to wearing traditional orthodontic braces, you could consider lingual braces. ...Read more

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What are the drawbacks to invisalign?

What are the drawbacks to invisalign?

Invisalign: Invisalign are normally for people who don't have sever crowding. Patient compliance is also very important. The retainers only work if you wear them on a 24-7 basis. ...Read more

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When will my invisalign stop hurting?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAIDs: Of course, Invisalign is not without side effects, and one side effect to consider is pressure and pain. You mostly only experience pain for the first day or two. Take the Tylenol (acetaminophen) or NSAID OTC to manage this pain. ...Read more

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What does invisalign power ridge mean?

Torque: A power ridge is a small bump in the aligner, which allows the orthodontist a mechanism to create a slight additional force to the roots of the front teeth to move them. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about invisalign done?

Can you tell me about invisalign done?

Choices: Both invisalign & braces can provide you with a beautiful smile and each have their pros and cons. Invisalign will likely cost you more and take longer, but as an adult you may prefer how it looks while you are in treatment. It works by using plastic aligners that gently push your teeth with each tray, when they fit perfectly-- time to change trays so new ones push a bit more ...Read more

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Invisalign broke in two, what should I do?

Simple Solution: I would recommend to call you dentist and ask them to get you a new tray. Problem solved. ...Read more

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How many invisalign trays for complex cases?

It depends: The number of invisalign trays for a patient's individual case depends upon the degree of difficulty of the case and the goals of treatment. However, the treatment length can be modified by the exceptional cooperation of the patient in aligner wear, the experience of the doctor, and the use of accelerated treatment adjuncts (such as acceledent or propel). Your doctor can advise you. ...Read more

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How much time does it take invisalign to work?

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6-12 months: The average treatment time for invisalign is 6-12 months. However, the orthodontic treatment timing depends entirely on the complexity of the case. Regardless, you will be thrilled with the result. Good luck! ...Read more

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How long does it take to have invisalign done?

It depends...: It all depends on what you are moving and how far. Also how many teeth are you moving. Invisalign is not faster nor slower than regular braces, if it is being done properly. Not all bites can be fixed with invisalign either. Only your orthodontist can tell you how long it will take. ...Read more

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What exactly is invisalign? How effective is it?

Orthodontics: Invisalign is a brand name for an invisable aligner...There are other brands as well. Essentially, invisible aligners are "braces" that are clear and removable by patient to facilitate brushing/flossing.
This type of orthodontics can be quite effective depending on the orthodontic situation that is to be corrected. It doesn't work in certain types of cases. ...Read more

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For what conditions can you not have invisalign?

For what conditions can you not have invisalign?

Rotations: Despite their best efforts, rotated teeth are a challenge with invisalign. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to kisswith invisalign in?

Yes, of course: Invisalign is a very thin retainer that only covers the teeth so there is no problem kissing with them on. Take care. ...Read more