If you are considering going for orthodontic treatment for your misaligned teeth, get to know your options first. If you have been suggested aligners as the most suitable treatment plan, this article will help you to understand the basic differences between invisalign, inman aligner and the traditional orthodontic braces.
What exactly are these?
Aligners, as the name suggests, perform the basic function of aligning your teeth. Invisalign is a clear aligner made of plastic-type material called acrylic but is totally transparent and they come separately for your upper and lower jaws and cover all of the teeth. These are removable and can be worn as per the convenience of the patient. Inman aligner and braces, on the other hand, are not totally invisible and they may or may not be necessary for both the jaws.
Inman aligner is meant for the correction of only the upper and lower, misaligned front teeth. It doesn’t cover all of them and is removable. It has wires connected to an acrylic body which delivers consistent force on the front teeth.
Orthodontic braces come in many forms, from totally visible, metallic braces to almost invisible ceramic ones. But these are bonded to the teeth and are thus, not removable.
How do they work?
Invisalign clear aligners apply constant low-grade forces on teeth to move them into their desired position hence they have a longer treatment duration. But since these are custom made for each patient and use minimal forces, the discomfort associated with them is the least.
Inman aligners have nickel-titanium wires embedded in an acrylic body which in turn is supported by the back teeth. These wires apply a moderate amount of force on the front teeth hence the duration of treatment is comparatively less but associated with some amount of discomfort initially.
Braces correct the alignment by moving the teeth bodily in the jaw bone. Thus the treatment duration is longest and also, the discomfort associated is substantial initially. The major disadvantages of braces include sore gums, oral ulcers, and dental caries.
How do they differ aesthetically?
Invisalign is totally transparent; needless to say, it’s the most aesthetic treatment form. Inman aligners have only a single thin wire visible over the front teeth, upper or lower or both, hence not totally invisible. Metallic braces are the least aesthetically appealing while their ceramic counterparts are least visible but you won’t be able to hide the fact that you are undergoing orthodontic treatment.
What would be the treatment cost of each?
The major drawback of Invisalign is the cost factor. Since these are custom made and have to be replaced frequently, the cost is substantial. Inman aligners and braces have a variable cost depending on the severity of misalignment and the type of braces you choose. But since most insurance companies cover some percentage of the cost, Invisalign has also become an affordable option.
What would be the duration of treatment in each case?
Since Inman aligners work only upon the front teeth, they take the shortest time to complete the treatment. Invisalign and braces need longer duration. However, retention has to be used in all cases to prevent relapse.
How many dental visits will these require and how frequently?
Since Invisalign has to be fabricated a couple of times in the entire duration of the treatment, the appointments are a bit longer and more frequent. However, Inman aligner, as well as braces, may also require a dental visit every couple of weeks to adjust the wires and optimize the force but, the duration may not be as long.
The right type of aligner depends on various factors. Affordability, aesthetics, and severity of the case are some of them. For the best opinion, take an appointment with your dental healthcare professional, ask questions and then decide.