What types of invisible orthodontics are there?
The invisible orthodontics is that type of orthodontics that is not seen or that is seen minimally. It could be classified into two large groups, invisible orthodontics with transparent splints and lingual orthodontics. The invisible orthodontics with transparent splints is a set of transparent splints or aligners that the patient fits himself into the mouth. The patient has to wear these aligners all day except during meals. They are changed approximately every two weeks and new ones are placed. It is a very aesthetic system and above all it is a very comfortable system because the patient can be placed and remove the splints the same and because the aligners are completely adapted to the surface of the tooth avoiding any kind of rubbing on the cheeks. There are several systems of transparent splints being Invisalign the most extended. Lingual orthodontics works in a very similar way to traditional orthodontics. The only difference is that the brackets, instead of being stuck on the external surface of the teeth, are located on the inner side, making the system completely invisible.
Is the system as effective as the traditional one?
Nowadays, with the great technological advances that both systems present, it could be said that invisible orthodontics is just as effective as traditional orthodontics.. With Invisalign you can reach the same results but keep in mind that dental displacements occur more slowly than with conventional orthodontics. The number of aligners that each patient would have to carry depends to a large extent on the type of malocclusion and the complexity of the case. Lingual orthodontics, being a system very similar to traditional orthodontics, has a very similar duration and in terms of the results obtained, if one masters the technique, they can be exactly the same. Therefore choosing the most appropriate invisible system can treat all cases, but it is essential that the orthodontist assess what type of system is best suited to the type of malocclusion of each patient.
When do you begin to observe results?
The first results in lingual orthodontics begin to be seen from the first month of treatment. With Invisalign take a little longer. The advantage of both systems is that while the treatment lasts the patient is already noticing the changes, contrary to what happens with other conventional orthodontic systems, since the teeth are partially covered. This increases the patient's satisfaction with these invisible systems.