Milford Orthodontics Dentist Reviews Invisalign V Traditional Braces Pain Study

Auckland Family Dental Milford reviews a case study, released in 2017, on pain and discomfort with traditional braces vs. Invisalign.

This practice is conveniently located at 2 Dodson Avenue, Milford, Auckland 0620 and welcomes patients from Takapuna, Glenfield and other North Shore Suburbs. More information can be found here and here

This case study involves a randomized trial and follow up performed by David W. White; Katie C. Julien; Helder Jacob; Phillip M. Campbell; Peter H. Buschang.

They looked at which group took more pain medications to relieve the pain of either orthodontic treatment.

Patients of each of the treatments recorded daily pain diaries outlining their discomforts. Three diaries for each patient were created: the first at the initial appointment, the second after one month, and the third after two months. These are the highest periods of discomfort as initial movements of the teeth through orthodontic treatment tends to hurt the most. The levels of discomfort were recorded during these activities: rest, chewing, biting, pain-killer consumption and potential sleep issues.

Initially both treatments showed similar levels of discomfort because initial movements of the teeth can be painful until the patient is used to the pressure. The study did not display a meaningful difference in this pain between each of the sexes (male or female). Furthermore, patients using the traditional brackets reported more discomfort during the first week of treatment, particularly when chewing, however, Invisalign clear aligners are removed for eating so it is moot in a way.

Traditional braces patients showed a much higher level of discomfort at the first and second month increments. Discomfort at these appointments was lower than the initial discomfort, but still noticeable higher than Invisalign patients.

Another finding was that a higher number of those with traditional braces vs invisalign reported taking pain medication. This is a sign that the traditional orthodontic method may cause more discomfort and pain.

Auckland Family Dental Milford owner, Kavendra Naidoo, says many patients ask about the pain with traditional braces and clear aligners so this study enables him to share more than just his ‘opinion’ and a few anecdote examples from his patient base.

Those interested in seeing the study can Google ” Discomfort associated with Invisalign and traditional brackets: A randomized, prospective trial”

Other clear aligner information about Auckland Family Dental Milford can be found here

Auckland Family Dental: Milford
Auckland Family Dental: Milford

2 Dodson Avenue

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