Choosing the right orthodontic treatment is crucial for achieving the perfect smile. In Honolulu, Tottori Orthodontics offers cutting-edge solutions, including Invisalign, 3M Clear Aligners, and traditional metal braces. This guide will help you understand the differences and make an informed choice.

After a short presentation of these 3 orthodontic treatments we will rank them by 

  1. Treatment duration
  2. Patient Duties During Treatment
  3. Emotional Differences
  4. Treatment cost

Invisalign is a clear removable orthodontic aligner system used to straighten teeth. The trays adapt precisely to your dentition and gradually align your teeth, improve the bite alignment resulting in a beautiful smile. This clear aligner system offers a discreet and comfortable way to correct dental misalignments. Patients appreciate its aesthetics and convenience, especially those looking for a less noticeable treatment option. However, it may not suit complex orthodontic cases. 

3M Clear Aligners

3M Clear Aligners offer a level of discretion similar to Invisalign, but with distinct material and design features. These aligners provide superior clarity, and greater control of certain tooth movements when compared to Invisalign.  While offering comfort and aesthetic appeal, 3M Clear Aligners might not be the best fit for more severe dental issues.

Traditional Metal Braces 

Known for their effectiveness in treating complex dental cases, metal braces offer a reliable and cost-effective solution. However, they are more noticeable and can be less comfortable than clear aligners.

Comparative Analysis

Treatment duration

While the technology associated with Traditional Braces and Removable Aligners is fairly different, the treatment duration is relatively the same. With proper and consistent wear, removable aligners can achieve the same results in the same timeframe as traditional braces.

Patient Duties During Treatment

One of the most important parts of orthodontic treatment is maintaining good oral hygiene and caring for the orthodontic appliance. Patients wearing Traditional Braces will need to take care when eating, avoid hard and sticky foods, and be consistent with elastic wear when requested to wear them. Removable Aligner patients have the luxury of being able to eat and drink anything they want, but need to be consistent in wearing their Removable Aligners or treatment time can be extended and the results compromised.

Emotional Differences

Everyone is different and that makes the world a better place. Having a choice for orthodontic treatment also makes the world a better place. Whether your child or teenager can’t wait to put braces on or only wants to use Removable Aligners, Dr. Tottori will do his best to help create a smile that will make all the difference.

Cost of treatment

Cost can be a huge contributing factor as we make choices about everything, including orthodontic treatment. For a long time, Invisalign or Clear Aligners were significantly more expensive than traditional metal or clear brackets. However at Tottori Orthodontics we are offering aligners and braces at the same price.

Ask Dr. Tottori if Invisalign or clear aligners are a suitable option for you and your budget.

Schedule here a free consultation to get a personalized treatment plan.