Orthodontics Blog - Dr. Albert Fontaine

Every Case Can Be Treated with Invisalign- Fact or Fiction?

CLEARWATER AND SPRING HILL, FLORIDA- Aesthetic orthodontic treatment options such as Invisalign have done a great job of marketing themselves through the years, which prompts more patients to ask for them by name when they visit our office for an orthodontic evaluation.

But is every patient an ideal candidate for this type of invisible braces treatment? You might be surprised to learn that the answer quite often is yes, says Dr. Albert Fontaine, our resident SPRING HILL INVISALIGN TEEN, Invisalign and traditional braces specialist.

There is a caveat to that “yes,” however.

“We’ve been doing this for the past year in cases that are so far advanced, they’ve been told by another provider they can’t use Invisalign,” Dr. Fontaine says, using his knowledge and experience in providing DENTAL BRACES IN CLEARWATER. “But you frequently can. We may use braces for a couple months and then switch to Invisalign.”

This combination approach allows us to address more complicated cases that can’t be done with Invisalign alone. It has opened up the possibility of a virtually undetectable treatment modality to a whole new demographic.

“I view this as an area where a lot of general dentists don’t realize orthodontists can help their patients by doing both fixed braces and Invisalign at the same time,” says the provider of CLEARWATER TEEN BRACES.

Combination treatment is designed to address the demands of patients who don’t want braces long-term. Instead, we use them short-term in a variety of ways:

At the beginning of treatment for up to six months. This enables us to get different parts of the case worked out, and then we use Invisalign for the remainder of treatment. This is great for severely crowded or overlapped incisors.
In conjunction with Invisalign. We may use braces in the back and Invisalign at the same time. This is ideal for a case where there are some occlusion problems in the back that need addressing.
Braces on the bottom, Invisalign on top. Sometimes we get cases where the lower teeth are too crowded to achieve ideal movement with Invisalign. Braces on the lower teeth are less noticeable, and we use them to get the most severe movement done before making the switch to Invisalign.
Movement that Requires Braces
There are some orthodontic movements that simply are better with conventional braces, Dr. Fontaine says as a CLEARWATER INVISIBLE BRACES provider.

One example of this is a severe, deep overbite. Fixed appliances like braces provide the constant forces needed to move the teeth into their proper position.

In severely crowded cases where teeth are overlapped, we need braces to uncrowd the teeth and get them aligned in a reasonable amount of time.

Treating an underbite also requires more intricate appliances. When underbite is identified early in young patients, tools such as palatal expanders and facemasks can be used to correct this type of malocclusion before the patient gets braces.

Movement of tooth roots requires fixed appliances such as traditional braces. Root movement is particularly important in cases where the patient requires tooth extraction to achieve proper alignment. Aligning the teeth surrounding the extracted tooth or teeth requires the roots to be moved as well, Dr. Fontaine says.

“Orthodontics is a field that continues to evolve as new innovations improve treatment,” he says. “This combination approach to treatment is just one more advancement that creates possibilities for patients who desire a better smile and want to go through the process of achieving that using a method that isn’t noticeable.”

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