Invisalign vs Traditional Braces Rockville, MD
To help you achieve your cosmetic dental goals, Dr. Parikh has undergone extensive training in orthodontics. Orthodontic treatment can correct the bite and straighten the teeth of patients both young and old to give you the smile you want. At Rockville Family Dental, we offer both traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners. Dr Parikh uses customized Individual Patient (IP) appliance system, which is an enhanced straight wire technique. IP Appliance allows Dr Parikh to customize the optimal appliance by selecting appropriate bracket for each tooth and archwires to enhance faster efficient treatment outcomes. Ceramic braces are a more aesthetically appealing form of braces made of composite materials. These tooth-colored braces blend in with your teeth and are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. By applying gentle pressure to your teeth, braces will gradually move your teeth into the desired position. In order to achieve the desired results, most patients wear braces anywhere from one to three years. After your braces have been removed, you will be fitted for a retainer and given instructions on how to wear the retainer for optimal results.
Dr. Parikh recommends having an orthodontic evaluation performed at the age of eight years old. At this initial evaluation, any bite problems or potential issues with the alignment of the teeth will be addressed. Dr. Parikh will also recommend treatment to fix these issues at the evaluation.
If you are interested in learning more about orthodontics or your options for achieving straight teeth and a radiant smile, please give our Rockville, MD dental practice a call. Together, we can give you the smile you’ve always desired.
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At Rockville Family Dental, we welcome you to call (301) 575-0941 and schedule an appointment with our Rockville, MD dental office. At the appointment, we can examine the patient’s teeth to determine if they are a candidate for Invisalign®. We can treat patients of all ages, helping children and teens to adults receive the treatment they need. During this appointment, we will answer any questions the patient has to help empower them to decide how to proceed. No matter the age, this treatment involves dedication and commitment. With our guidance, the treatment will go smoothly and their smile will be transformed into something beautiful.
Here are a few things that you should know about the lifestyle differences with Invisalign® vs. traditional braces:
At Rockville Family Dental, we know that the cost of orthodontics is relatively the same, whether you get braces or Invisalign®. We can give you a full breakdown and discuss payment options when you come in for a consultation.
With most options, the patient will only need one or two appointments to properly fit them. Teens will not need to miss much school, especially with Invisalign Teen®. They will miss fewer days from school for dental appointments because we only need to see them once every four to six weeks. With traditional braces, some patients need to come in every two to four weeks. We will go over the treatment plan and schedule during the consultation.
When it comes to appearance, nothing beats Invisalign®. Keep this in mind when comparing Invisalign® vs. traditional braces. The aligners are clear, so hardly anyone will notice that they are wearing them. The biggest aesthetic benefit is that as their teeth begin to move, their smile will look better. Being able to see an improvement quickly will help the patient feel encouraged to keep up with the process, knowing that their smile will only get more and more attractive.
In our Rockville dental office, one of the biggest concerns we hear from patients (especially the hungry ones) is that wearing orthodontics will impact their daily diet. Along with adults, we know that most of our younger patients are fairly particular in what they eat and at the very least, have multiple favorite foods. If things like pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches and popcorn are on their "must have" list, then Invisalign® is a far better option than braces. When wearing traditional metal braces, teens have to eat carefully. You cannot simply bite into a burger or sandwich and if you do, you will have a ton of food stuck in between your teeth. For teens, and adults, this can be completely embarrassing. Many teens change what they eat while wearing braces while others simply do not eat in public. Both can be inconvenient and silly when Invisalign® provides a better way. Since the Invisalign® aligners are designed to come out while eating, you can eat whatever you want without worrying about how the teeth look or their orthodontics becoming damaged. This means that life can continue on like normal, without the annoying adjustments that patients do not enjoy.
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Oral hygiene –
Another factor to compare when evaluating Invisalign® vs. traditional braces is oral hygiene. This is a big deal because, as a dentist, we do not want any of our patients to suffer from decay and as a parent, you do not want your child to end up with a bunch of cavities. At Rockville Family Dental, our solution is to provide patients with Invisalign® or braces, depending on which option best meets each patient’s needs. When wearing braces, the risk for decay naturally goes up because it is harder to keep teeth clean. With Invisalign®, the aligners come out while brushing so their oral hygiene routine can remain virtually the same. The only slight difference is that the aligners need to be brushed with warm water and a soft toothbrush before being put back in. We can also recommend a special cleaning solution but otherwise, the process is the same as always and completely easy. If a patient gets braces instead, they will need to use a special flossing tool and a brush that looks like a tree to get the food particles and plaque off of the area around the brackets. This has to be repeated for every tooth so you can imagine how much longer it will take.
School activities –
Don't forget school activities when comparing Invisalign® vs. traditional braces. At Rockville Family Dental, we have found that the majority of our patients do more than simply go to school. They are in the band, choir, play sports, act in the school play, etc. In other words – they are busy. Braces can interfere with this because they can be uncomfortable and make it difficult to play an instrument. They can also create a hazard when playing high-impact sports. Fortunately, Invisalign® does not. The aligners can be removed during any of these activities so that your teen does not have to sacrifice anything to straighten their teeth. They will be far happier with the process as a result. If you are unsure about a specific activity and how Invisalign® could impact it, visit our Rockville, MD dental office to speak with Dr. Parikh. Invisalign® and braces work for patients of varying ages, not just teens.
After braces –
Once that patient is done wearing Invisalign or traditional braces they will need to wear a retainer. It is normal and few, if any, can escape this reality. The reason is simple. Teeth can revert back to their old position, if only slightly. Wearing a retainer at night, can help to keep teeth in the correct and improved position. The good news is that the patient will be so used to wearing their aligners, a retainer will not seem like a big deal. In our Rockville dental office, we can explain the various options for retainers but typically recommend a clear, full retainer that closely resembles the aligners they are accustomed to.
Call our Rockville, Maryland dental office at 301-575-0941 to discuss this solution in further detail.. At Rockville Family Dental, we can answer your questions and help you make an informed decision regarding their orthodontics treatment. We are located in the Rockville area and look forward to meeting you to discuss Invisalign®, braces, or another option.
How do I get started with Invisalign®?
Call (301) 575-0941 and schedule a consultation with Rockville Family Dental.
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Definition of Invisalign® Terminology
- Aligner Trays
- With Invisalign® treatment, the patient will receive a series of aligner trays and swap out each one for the next one in the series every two weeks in order to gradually straighten the teeth.
- Blue Compliance Indicator (Invisalign® Teen)
- The blue compliance indicator is a small blue dot on the aligners that will fade from blue to clear in order to indicate if the patient is wearing the aligner for the proper amount of time and where the patient is in the Invisalign® process.
- ClinCheck® Software
- ClinCheck® software allows professionals to map out the straightening process the patient’s teeth will go through with Invisalign® in great detail.
- Gum Line
- The gum line is the line in the mouth where the teeth and gums meet. If a patient struggles with gum recession, then the gum tissue around the teeth may begin to wear away.
- Incisal Ridges
- Incisal ridges are the portion of the crown of the tooth that makes up the incisal portion and can be a direct cause of overbite if they are extended too far.
- iTero Element® Scanner
- An iTero Element® scanner allows professionals to create a 3D image of the patient’s teeth in minutes and predict what it will take to move the teeth into proper alignment.
- Malocclusion is the condition in which the upper and lower teeth do not meet properly when the bite is closed. Conditions of malocclusion can include overbite, underbite, crossbite and open bite; all of which are treatable with Invisalign®.
- An overbite is a type of malocclusion that occurs when the upper teeth jut out over the lower teeth, covering them and causing other issues.
- Polyurethane Resin
- Polyurethane Resin is a USP Class VI medical grade, high molecular weight compound that makes up the Invisalign® aligners.
- SmartForce Attachments
- SmartForce attachments are small attachments that professionals place on the patient’s teeth before placing aligners to help move the teeth.
- Smart Track® Material
- Smart Track® material is in Invisalign® aligners to increase comfort, improve control of movement, increases the speed of treatment and applies a gentle force to the teeth over time.
- Smile-Scan analyzes the way a patient smiles by measuring the position of the mouth and eyes before giving a score.
- Vivera® Retainers
- Vivera® retainers are a type of retainer that consists of clear plastic material and helps to maintain orthodontic corrections after a treatment.
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