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Pain Levels Are Much Less Than Traditional Braces

“It might be a 1 or a 2.”

On a scale of 1 to 10, what do most Invisalign patients at Shemen Dental say their pain level is?

“You know what, we rarely have anyone who says they take anything at all, not even Tylenol,” said Dr. Eddy Sauer, the Managing Partner and Dentist at Shemen Dental.

Most patients using braces experience pain regularly. With each new set of wires, when food gets stuck in the wires or brackets, when the mouth is bumped, each of these scenarios can be very painful for braces users.

There are many potentially problematic scenarios that cause pain while wearing braces, like lip laceration or sporting impact. Braces tend to get in the way of many activities.

Invisalign is completely different. There are no wires or brackets. The smooth plastic doesn’t cause a potential issue with impact to the mouth. On the first day, most patients say the pain level is a “1” or “2” on a scale of 1-10. We almost never hear of patients at Shemen Dental using pain relievers, even mild ones like Tylenol. Invisalign isn’t painful.

For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment, fill out the form on the right.

In 2011, Invisalign changed its material. The results are an even better technology to an already­ superior one. It got even better.

The nearly­-invisible Invisalign aligner is faster, more comfortable and more effective for teeth­-straightening than braces.

How is it faster and by how much?

At Shemen Dental, the average Invisalign treatment is 12-­14 months.

Here’s how it works:

The Movement

The movement is dictated by plastic, rather than wires. We call it rocket science. The truth is, traditional braces require a complex system of movement controlled mainly by wires as the chief catalyst for aligning teeth. It’s an extremely intricate process involving tedious and hard­-to-control components.

With Invisalign, all the movement is controlled by one piece of plastic. The design creates the right kind of pressure ­ a more natural kind of pressure. We refer to this perfect pressure as “goldilocks” pressure.­ It’s not too much, not too little, but just right.

The timet frame is significantly less for teeth-straightening with Invisalign vs braces. The longest case we’ve seen was under two years (23 months). And that case was unusually difficult. The shortest case we’ve seen was 6 months.

Usually, it takes 2 years to straighten teeth with braces, for adults or kids. Adults who use braces can sometimes go much longer.

At Shemen Dental, the average Invisalign treatment is 12-­14 months; that includes adults!

Surprisingly, teens and adults experience the same results with Invisalign. That means adults have even more reason to choose Invisalign. The net time savings is much larger than for kids and teens.

The reality is, the science of Invisalign makes teeth movement much faster.

The Process

Invisalign works by taking digital photos or impressions of a person’s teeth. Each case involves wearing aligners, or retainers, that are formed based upon the needs of each patient, as created by the digital impression.

Before a patient receives their aligners, they’re scanned using a digital machine. The general rule is, for every quarter of a millimeter of movement, a new aligner is needed. There are several profound benefits to this method.

First, patients no longer have to deal with brackets mounted on their teeth over the lifetime of the teeth-straightening process. Instead, they receive brand­ new aligners every one to two weeks, depending on the process recommended by Shemen’s Dental staff.

Once the patient begins, it quickly becomes obvious how fast the movement really is. If the patient is compliant (doesn’t break too many rules), their teeth will move fast enough to need a new retainer in under two weeks. A completely new aligner is created at that point, based upon the movement recommended in the aligning process. This creates a custom and dynamic teeth-straightening process.

And, to make things even more exciting, there are ways to accelerate the Invisalign process.

We’ve had patients who’ve needed teeth-straightening in under 90 days for a wedding event. It is possible with Invisalign! Though we cannot guarantee results without first seeing a patient in our office, the possibilities with Invisalign are vastly superior to traditional braces.

Less Pain, More Gain

Most patients using braces experience pain with each new set of wires. And, there are many dangers that could, and often do, cause pain while wearing braces like lip laceration, sporting impact, and many other things.

Braces tend to get in the way of many activities. Invisalign is completely different. There are no wires or brackets. The smooth plastic doesn’t cause a potential issue with impact to the mouth.

On the first day, most patients say the pain level is a “1” or “2” on a scale of 1-­10.

We almost never hear of patients at Shemen Dental using pain relievers, even mild ones like Tylenol. Invisalign isn’t painful.

Even though Invisalign is a much­ faster teeth straightener than braces, it’s nearly painless. Even accelerated Invisalign isn’t more painful than normal Invisalign. How is that possible? The way Invisalign is designed makes for a much more natural movement of the teeth, resulting in vastly decreased pain levels during the process.

See real stories from Invisalign patients!

For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment, fill out the form on the right.

Both Invisalign and braces share the same common objective: make teeth straighter. But, the similarities between the two methods end there.

When Shemen Dental first began offering Invisalign in 2003, we knew we had found an incredible technology. The benefits when compared with braces started to become clear. The following is a guide listing some of the most important differences between the two teeth-straightening technologies.

How It Looks

The single most compelling aspect of Invisalign is its nearly­ invisible appearance. We generally use the “5­foot” rule when talking about Invisalign. Meaning, you can’t tell a person is wearing their retainer unless you’re within 5 feet. They’re that clear. This is a big benefit, particularly for adults.

Plastic Retainers vs. Brackets and Wires

The material that makes up Invisalign retainers is strong, soft plastic. During the process of teeth alignment, patients go through different retainers in the Invisalign process, receiving a new one every 10­-14 days, depending on compliance. The plastic moves the teeth with natural movement that’s nearly painless. (There’s more information about pain to come in this post.)

Talking with Invisalign

Most adult patients need to be able to speak effectively at work. Invisalign makes that possible. It takes a short period of time for the mouth to adjust to the retainer, allowing the patient to talk normally in a matter of hours in most cases.

Eating with Invisalign

One of our favorite aspects of Invisalign: you can eat anything! You don’t have to worry about what to eat, or what not to eat. This is a huge benefit, and a big deal for most patients who are choosing between braces and Invisalign, or nothing at all. Don’t let your love of popcorn, caramel apples, or chewing gum get in the way of a healthier and more beautiful smile!

Pain Levels

Most patients using braces experience pain with each new set of wires. And, there are many dangers that could cause pain while wearing braces, like lip laceration, sporting impact, and other things. Braces tend to get in the way of many activities, but Invisalign is completely different. There are no wires or brackets. The smooth plastic doesn’t cause a potential issue with impact to the mouth. On the first day, most patients say the pain level is a “1” or “2” on a scale of 1­-10. We almost never hear of patients at Shemen Dental using pain relievers, even mild ones like Tylenol. Invisalign isn’t painful.

Teeth Cleaning Made Easy

Another big benefit to Invisalign is being able to take off the retainer everyday for a few hours. We recommend wearing the retainer for 20-­22 hours per day, leaving a good chunk of time for eating a special something, and, of course, for brushing and flossing. Imagine the difference this makes! Before, with braces, a person had to wait years before they could feel their mouth free of brackets and wires. Invisalign patients can enjoy normal, everyday teeth cleaning for the entire duration of their treatment.

No More Distasteful Metal

Invisalign’s plastic material is tasteless and comfortable. You’ll never experience the metallic flavor that comes with braces.

A Very Specialized Plastic

Invisalign upgraded its material in 2011. Today, it has much ­improved characteristics. It holds its position better, moving your teeth exactly where they need to go. It’s more stable, and doesn’t get loose from your mouth as often. It’s more structured, and it’s even less painful than the earlier version.

Comfort Level

Let’s face it, any foreign object that stays in your mouth very long causes drooling. It’s the natural response of the body to increase salivary flow. The general rule about drooling is to expect it on the first day. The good news is the body usually adjusts quickly. There may be a small speech impediment when starting Invisalign, as there is with braces, but it doesn’t last.

Invisalign is much easier to get used to than braces.

How the Teeth are Straightened

There’s a major difference between Invisalign and braces when it comes to how the teeth are moved. With Invisalign, movement is dictated by plastic rather than by wires. The Shemen specialists often refer to braces and wires as rocket science. There’s simply a lot of complexity when it comes to guiding teeth to move exactly as they should with wires and brackets. That’s not the case with Invisalign.

The plastic of Invisalign uses a more natural pressure. We often use the term “Goldilocks” to describe the movement.

It’s not too much; it’s not too little; it’s just right. The net result is a much more natural flow of movement.

How Long It Takes

Teeth-straightening is far faster with Invisalign than it is with traditional braces. The longest case we’ve seen took 23 months, just under two years. And it was a very difficult case. The shortest case took 6 months. Usually, it takes teens 2 years to straighten their teeth with braces. Adults who use braces can go much longer. At Shemen Dental, the average Invisalign patient goes for 12-­14 months, including adults! Surprisingly, teens and adults experience the same results with Invisalign. That means adults have even more reason to choose Invisalign.

What It’s Like at Night

Invisalign retainers are comfortable, even at night. They’re recognized to be far less problematic than braces during night hours. The main reason is because Invisalign only covers the teeth and nothing else.

Repairs and Replacements

Braces routinely need to be repaired. Wires break, and in some cases, brackets need to be replaced. The only thing patients have to worry about with Invisalign is one of the tooth-­colored attachments getting knocked off. They’re easily put back on. Rarely, the aligner is teared. If that happens, there are two options to easily mend the situation. The first option is that the teeth have moved enough during the lifetime of the retainer (10-14 days) to simply move on to the next retainer in the process. The second option is also easy, order another retainer. No more getting in trouble with the orthodontist.

For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment, fill out the form on the right.

It moves teeth faster.

It’s more structured.

It’s more stable.

It’s nearly painless.

It’s clear.

This is Invisalign. With an all-new material for Invisalign since 2011, the technology is even better than before. And it was already a superior technology.

So, how does it work? How can Invisalign be faster and much less painful than traditional braces?

The Movement

The movement is dictated by the plastic, not brackets and wires. We call it rocket science. There’s simply a lot of complexity when it comes to moving teeth properly with brackets and wires. On the other hand, Invisalign’s plastic design puts the pressure exactly where it needs to be. We call this goldilocks pressure. It’s not too much, or too little; it’s just right. The teeth are moving the arch alveolar housing.

The Speed

The average Invisalign treatment at Shemen Dental takes a total of 12-14 months. This is a far more speedy process than traditional braces, where 24 months is the expectation for a normal case. Sometimes, the process with traditional braces can be much longer.

The Process

Using a series of custom-made aligners created for you and only you, Invisalign is the ultimate customizable aligning technology. It starts at Shemen Dental with a physical impression of your teeth, and then a digital scan used to create a 3D model. Once the data from the model is transferred to our dental team, it’s used to create a dental plan based on the prescription of the dentist. The data from the plan then is sent to the plant where each aligner is custom fabricated for each patient.

You’ll receive a series of aligners to change at home every 2 weeks. Then you’ll visit the office every 2 months usually.

For more information about the benefits of Invisalign, or to schedule an appointment, fill out the form on the right.

Real Patients at Shemen Dental, Amarillo, Texas

Alan - Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Alan – Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Cynthia - Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Cynthia – Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Edward - Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Edward – Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Mary - Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

Mary – Shemen Dental Invisalign Patient

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