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April 21, 2011


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Carla Erhardt

I have a question: Would it be possible to switch when you're already wearing metal braces? Wouldn't it be difficult to switch from metal braces to invisalign? I'd like to go for invisalign after seeing those pictures!

Rick Wilson DMD

Carla, from a technical standpoint it would be possible to switch. The process would be to remove the braces, take new impressions, design the case with Invisalign and then proceed with the Aligners normally.

However, there is a vital point- copnventional orthodontics does some things far better than Invisalign does, and by th esame token Invisalign is very effective and efficient at some types of tooth movement. There are many situations in adults (and most situations in children) where brackets and wires are simply the best way to treat the condition.

Therefore, you would need to discuss with your orthodontist what your diagnosis and treatment goals are and whether they could be handled effectively with Invisalign. In some cases, this would not be ideal treatment.

I do believe however that the Vivera retainers are the most predictable and effective way to retain ANY orthodontic result, no matter how it has been achieved.

task management

Thanks for this post. I definitely agree with what you are saying. I have been talking about this subject a lot lately with my brother so hopefully this will get him to see my point of view. Fingers crossed!

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