Finishing Invisalign with MA vs. Finishing Twin Block
I. Introduction
Dr. Amanda from StraightSmile Solutions and I’m excited to dive into a comparison today. We’ll explore the intricacies of finishing a case with Invisalign Ma versus the traditional Twin Block Invisalign. Invisalign Ma, an Align Technology innovation, not only straightens teeth but also aids in developing little jaws, particularly in growing kids. On the other hand, the Twin Block, around for almost a century, focuses on jaw growth but lacks some features of Ma. Join me as we delve into the nuances of these treatments, discussing their effectiveness, compliance, and the art of finishing cases with finesse.
II. Purpose of the Video
A. Comparison between finishing a case with Invisalign with MA and a standard twin block Invisalign
B. Explanation of Invisalign with MA and twin block
1. Invisalign with MA by Align Technology
2. Twin block – a predecessor of Invisalign with MA, used for growing jaws for nearly 100 years
III. Features of Invisalign with MA (Mandibular Advancement)
A. Aligns teeth and grows jaws
B. Specific focus on growing little jaws in growing kids
C. Attachments for teeth straightening
D. Higher cost, usually offered in Invisalign first or comprehensive options
IV. Features of Twin Block
A. Used for growing jaws and possibly expanding arches
B. Limited teeth alignment capabilities compared to Invisalign with MA
C. Compliance and case selection are critical due to the need for growth potential
D. Difficulty in creating an accountability loop for wear
V. Compliance Importance
A. Accountability is crucial for both Invisalign with MA and Twin Block
B. Invisalign with MA advantages in tracking wear due to regular appointments and visible wear on aligners
VI. Cost and Accessibility
A. Invisalign with MA
1. Offered by Align Technology
2. Cost: Around $1,300 to $2,000 in the US
B. Twin Block Invisalign
1. Can be made at any global lab
2. Estimated cost: $250 to $300
VII. Differentiating Between Invisalign with MA and Twin Block
A. Accountability loop challenges in Twin Block
B. Muscle memory and relapse concerns in Twin Block due to instant bite jumps
C. Difficulty in assessing effectiveness without months of wear
VIII. Completing Invisalign with MA Treatment
A. Assessing progress
1. Regular appointments
2. Monitoring aligner fit and wear
B. Potential need for deprogramming aligners to address shifts and muscle memory
C. Posterior open bite expected due to aligner design
D. Options for finishing: aligners, sloppy bonded retainers, or deprogramming aligners
IX. Completing Twin Block Treatment
A. Similar challenges in assessing progress
B. Posterior open bite expected
C. Options for finishing: braces, sloppy bonded retainers, or force eruption in aligners
D. Importance of monitoring bite settlement and relapse
X. Conclusion
The comparison between finishing a case with Invisalign MA and a standard twin block reveals distinct considerations. While Invisalign MA offers a more predictable path with regular check-ins, twin blocks rely on muscle memory, making compliance crucial. Case selection, accountability, and the potential need for deprogramming aligners or sloppy bonded retainers underscore the nuanced nature of each approach. Whether opting for MA or twin block, the journey to completion involves ongoing assessment, flexibility, and a tailored approach to achieve successful orthodontic outcomes. Refer to Dr. Amanda’s comprehensive videos on each technique for more in-depth insights.