Invisalign First

Invisalign First, also know as Phase 1 or early interceptive, is a treatment option for ages 6-10 years old.  It is designed to intercept and fix a problem that could potentially become more serious.  A second course of treatment is almost always required in teenage years.

What conditions can Invisalign First treat?

It’s primary function is to develop the arch form and maintain space for the developing adult teeth, but it can also:

  • Develop the arch
  • Treat crowding and spacing
  • Expand narrow arches

What type of Invisalign Treatment is right for me?

If your teeth require only a minimal amount of movement to get them into the ideal position,  it may be possible to use Invisalign lite or i7. This system uses less aligners and is also less expensive. It is an excellent system for more straightforward cases. For example to make small adjustments to the position of only your front teeth. It is ideal for patients who had braces when they were younger but the teeth have now moved. 

In cases that are more complex and where the teeth need more movement it will be necessary to use the Invisalign full system. This system has all the functionality of fixed braces. 

-Add in other benefits

Each Invisalign system has their benefits, but, unfortunately we cannot answer this without first seeing you and assessing your unique bite.  However, rest assured we will find the best option for you and your individual goals.

What is better, Invisalign or traditional fixed braces?

Traditional fixed braces have been around for decades.  With newer research and technology they have progressed over time, an example of this is the self lighting Damon brackets, compared to the original brackets.  Traditional fixed braces are the gold standard in orthodontics, they are superior and precise.  

On the other hand, Invisalign entered the market in 1998, it wasn’t even created by dentists, rather it was created by a computer scientist at Stanford University in America and it has completely revolutionised dentistry and orthodontics.

Over the past 20 years, Invisalign has completed a lot of research and planning in their design to the point that Invisalign is almost on par with the traditional braces on what can be achieved.

If the results are similar, then which system is better for me?

This is a difficult question to answer without a thorough assessment of your own goals and also your bite.  There are advantages to each system.  Invisalign vs Fixed Braces: Cost

Both costs can vary from the type of treatment that is needed. Due costings

Invisalign vs Fixed Braces: length of treatment

Fixed braces can take anywhere from 12-24months depending on severity, average time is normally 16-18months.

Invisalign can take 4-8months or even up to 12+ months depending on severity.  Invisalign retainers must be worn for 22 hours a day, or you will not achieve the results that you would expect.

Invisalign vs Fixed Braces: Effectiveness 

As a general rule, Invisalign is effective for mild-moderate cases or cases concerning your front teeth whereas fixed braces are extremely effective for moderate- severe cases.