A smile adds so much to a person’s appearance, but some people fear smiling because of crooked teeth or teeth spaced unevenly. They dread a mouth full of metal braces that cost a lot and stay in in some cases for a few years.
Clear or invisible aligners are orthodontic devices for patients who have crowded teeth or who suffer from minor teeth-spacing issues. In a way, invisible aligners are similar to conventional braces that use brackets and wires to pull teeth into a desirable position. However, invisible aligners offer more affordability and convenience.
Invisible aligners are custom-made mouthpieces that slip over the patient’s teeth to reposition them. Kimbrough Orthodontics makes invisible aligners from clear plastic or acrylic, and a patient may need several different versions as they progress with treatment.
Clear aligners are not always the most suitable treatment alternative. Children, for example, may need involved teeth-straightening treatment as their mouths and teeth are still growing and developing. Invisible aligners may also not be sufficient to treat patients with severe alignment issues like overbites or cross-bites.
For teenagers and adults with minor alignment issues, however, invisible aligners can be an incredibly effective solution – mainly because they are custom-built for a tight fit and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing.
Several brands of invisible aligners are available, including the popular Simpli5, Red White & Blue, and Invisalign. Keep reading to learn more about the different invisible aligners and their benefits.
Simpli5 is a series of five sequential invisible aligners introduced in 2006. Simpli5 is suitable for patients with minor to moderate anterior malocclusions, which is imperfect positioning of the front teeth.
Simpli5 is a convenient and invisible alternative to braces and can be used to treat one or both dental arches. An “arch” refers to one row of upper or lower teeth.
Patients that are best suited for Simpli5 treatment have fully grown teeth and mouths and have Class I malocclusion with minor or moderate anterior crowding or spacing. Patients with minor orthodontic relapse may also be suitable candidates for Simpli5 treatment.
If an orthodontist removed your braces, a Simpli5 treatment is perfect as post-orthodontic refinement, in other words, as a finishing touch. Your dental health-care provider may also recommend a Simpli5 treatment to make minor alignment improvements in preparation for dental work.
Simpli5 is a suitable solution for the following corrections:
When you purchase the Simpli5 package, you will receive five individually packaged aligners separated by an arch. You should wear each aligner 22 hours a day for one to three weeks, depending on the degree of your malocclusion or orthodontic relapse. As a result, Simpli5 treatment can last from ten to 20 weeks.
Patients who want a simple and cost-effective treatment to correct minor to moderate incisal tooth malalignments may be suitable candidates for the Red White & Blue Aligner System.
Unlike the Simpli5 aligner system that consists of a range of five appliances, the Red White & Blue system comprises three active trays, each with a small colored dot to help you identify the sequence in which it should be worn, hence the name.
The Red White & Blue aligner system also differs from the Simpli5 system in that it cannot treat conditions with the same level of severity – mainly because it consists of only three aligners.
Many dental healthcare providers recommend the Red White & Blue aligner system to patients who fall outside the range of other removable alignment devices, for example, spring-type retainers.
Red White & Blue makes their aligners from clear, lightweight plastic. The company gears them toward coaxing teeth in small increments. The RWB system is formulated to remedy minor rotations as well as torque, tip, and spacing problems.
If you undergo RWB treatment, you should wear each appliance for two to four weeks, depending on the degree of teeth malalignment. Total treatment time can, therefore, amount to anything from six to 12 weeks.
The Red White & Blue alignment system is easy to use. You don’t have to pay any initial fees or attend any courses, and the manufacturer provides thorough and easy-to-follow user instructions.
As treatments for imperfect teeth positioning, Simpli5 and Red White & Blue alignment systems are simpler, faster, and more economical than Invisalign. Simpli5 treatments can take around 30 weeks, depending on the degree of misalignment, and Red White & Blue treatment typically lasts for about 18 weeks.
Invisalign treatment, on the other hand, can last for anything from 24 – 30 months. The difference in treatment duration is mainly because of the differences in the number of trays. Where Simpli5 consists of five aligners and Red White & Blue comprises three aligners, Invisalign treatment products can include 20 to 30 aligners.
Invisalign treatments are also more complicated than Simpli5 or Red White & Blue treatment. Patients undergoing Simpli5 or Red White & Blue treatments have to schedule between three and five appointments with their orthodontist. Whereas with Invisalign, patients have to visit their dental healthcare providers every four weeks for the duration of the treatment.
Cost is one of the most significant advantages that invisible aligners have over braces. When you opt for Invisalign instead of Simpli5 or Red White & Blue, this benefit is not applicable to you, however, as the cost of Invisalign is right up there with conventional braces.
If you need Simpli5 or Red White & Blue alignment system to brighten up your smile, Kimbrough Orthodontics can help. Our reputable team of skilled and experienced orthodontic specialists offers a wide range of dental care services and orthodontic treatments to correct overbites, cross-bites, teeth gaps, and overcrowding.
With the practical and affordable clear-teeth alignment solutions available today, you have no reason to postpone treatment. Contact Kimbrough Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment.