Invisalign® vs. “Instant Orthodontics” – What is the difference?

At Lincoln Family Dentistry, we offer multiple options for improving your smile. So, what is a great way to get a better smile? In short, the answer to this question depends on your expectations.

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If you are looking for the most conservative option, where we preserve the most tooth structure, Invisalign®, or “clear braces near me,” is an excellent solution. Invisalign® allows for the progressive realignment of crowded or improperly spaced teeth. These “clear braces near me,” or clear trays are completely removable, which allows for better oral hygiene and reduced risk of cavities when compared to traditional braces.

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Although Invisalign® treatment is not “instant,” it only takes a few months to begin seeing results. Treatment periods when using “clear braces near me” typically range from 6-24 months, depending on the complexity of the case.

Invisalign®, combined with professional whitening, is an excellent solution for patients who like the shape and size of their teeth but may want a straighter, brighter smile. It is also considered the most conservative option, meaning there is a lower risk of developing future dental problems.

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People who do not like the shape and size of their teeth, or those who do not like the “character” of their teeth, maybe better candidates for what we call “Instant Orthodontics.” Instant Orthodontics involves removing tooth structure to make room for crowns or veneers on the front teeth. While preparing the teeth, we may be able to correct minor to moderate crowding problems as well.

This procedure is called “instant” because the same day you have the teeth prepared, is the same day you will leave with temporary crowns or veneers. Thus, showing immediate improvement to your smile. The temporary crowns or veneers will be in place for two to three weeks while the lab creates your permanent crowns or veneers.

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Crowns and veneers are made from a ceramic material that allows us to alter the shape, size, and character of your teeth. Tooth “character” refers to any variation in the tooth color or texture. Sometimes, patients will have darker or lighter areas on their teeth that they feel does not blend in well with surrounding teeth. Occasionally, these areas can be improved by whitening. Sometimes, however, they do require crowns or veneers to achieve a consistently white, beautiful smile.

The main advantage of instant orthodontics versus “clear braces near me,” is time. This procedure can typically be completed from start to finish in one month. Although it is essential to keep in mind that Instant orthodontics does require a permanent reduction of tooth structure. And, any time there is work performed on a tooth, there is a higher chance that dental problems will arise.

If you would like to discuss each option in greater detail, learn about “clear braces near me,” or “clear braces near me prices,” we would be more than happy to schedule a consultation. At this appointment, we will take a look at your smile, the shape and size of your teeth, and your bite to help us determine which option would benefit you the most.

Dr. Brooke Kittell

This post was written by Lincoln Family Dentistry Provider Dr. Brooke Kittell.

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