Thursday, February 10, 2011

Is Invisalign Your Best Option?

Today most dental patients have a familiarity with the term Invisalign. It is a cosmetic alternative to the more traditional form of braces, which may have applications for some people considering orthodontics. However, in the field of adult orthodontics there may be a better alternative. 6-Month Smiles are a form of short-term orthodontics, which can also be classified as adult cosmetic braces. Both Invisalign and 6-Month Smiles have their limitations when it comes to the specific needs of any one patient: neither may be appropriate for all cases of orthodontics. However, 6-Month Smiles may offer some significant advantages over Invisalign.

First, 6-Month Smiles is probably the less expensive alternative. Secondly most times 6-Month Smiles can be accomplished in a shorter period of time. In most instances, a 6-Month Smiles orthodontic treatment can be accomplished between checkups, which is a huge factor. Adults do not want to be faced with wearing ugly traditional braces for 2 or 3 years. Third, because of the nature of how Invisalign works, a sequence of progressing through numerous retainers, and the number of office visits can be a burden. Finally, compared to Invisalign, 6-Month Smiles is much more proficient it fixing rotations of teeth. It is difficult to do this with the Invisalign retainers alone.

6-Month Smiles, or short-term adult orthodontics, is a relatively new concept with about 1500 certified practitioners worldwide. Its popularity is growing exponentially and I believe will soon rival Invisalign as the go to alternative to those ugly “Railroad Tracks” known as traditional Orthodontics.

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