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Comparing the Big Three Technologies

Comparing the Big Three Technologies


Skarin System, Aligners, and Braces

Every orthodontic technology has its pluses and minuses. Our aim with this table is for you to be informed of all of those pluses and minuses. That being said, this chart is very detailed. We know it takes more time on your part to go through everything in this chart, but we truly do believe that the best way to understand our device is by understanding more about how the traditional treatments work.

That being said, Dr. Skarin offers all treatment options as discussed below and is experienced in using all three. We do not subscribe to just one technology choice despite having our own technology.

Technology
Features
Skarin
System
Clear
Aligners
Traditional / Edgewise Braces Systems
Speed of Treatment
  • Up to 5X faster treatment time than aligners, which reduces time of treatment by months.
  • Aligners can move teeth 0.2-0.3 millimeters per tray every two weeks. Our technology can move teeth 1.0-1.5 millimeters every two weeks.
  • Faster than Traditional Edgewise Braces Systems (including Damon, Norris, MBT, Andrews, Roth, etc.)
  • Significantly slower than the Skarin System or Traditional Braces to treat to the same level of care.*
  • This is due to the technological mechanics of aligners. Each tray can only move the teeth as far as each tray allows, which is 0.2-0.3 millimeters every two weeks.
  • (*As admitted by a company representative from a popular aligner company)
  • Faster than aligners
  • Moves teeth more than 0.3 millimeters every two weeks
  • Slower than The Skarin System, especially for leveling and aligning teeth
Aesthetics
  • Good aesthetics
  • Attachments to teeth are clear
  • Barely visible
  • Many patients will require "attachments," which are plastic bumps applied to the teeth to help the trays guide the teeth into place. These are necessary for vertical and rotational movements. This causes the trays to look much more visible than patients are expecting.
  • Good aesthetics when using clear brackets
  • The metal archwire is visible
  • Can lessen visibility with smaller/thinner archwires
Pain Levels
  • Significantly less pain than aligners and traditional braces (clinically documented) due to how teeth are moved.
  • Heavy, immediate force is applied to the teeth when each new tray placed every two weeks
  • Generally less pain than aligners depending on the wire chosen by the orthodontist.
Force Levels On the Teeth
  • Light, continuous force. The most desired force established by decades of orthodontic research.
  • Uses a constant, light, continous force to move the teeth, which results in much less pain and trauma on the teeth and roots.
  • Heaviest, most intermittent force
  • Heavy, intermittent force
  • Still moves teeth in a "stop and go" fashion, which moves teeth with high force, slows down, then moves teeth with high force again each time the wire is adjusted.
Cost
  • $$$
  • $$$$
  • Generally the most expensive, but varies based on the orthodontic practice.
  • $$$
  • Can be more expensive depending on the specialized bracket system used.
Control of Movement
  • Best
  • The Skarin System eliminates many of the design limitations inherent in the Edgewise appliance for better control.
  • The doctor has full control of each tooth invividually
  • Poor
  • Even when patients wear new aligners every two weeks, treatment frequently requires adjuctive intervention as cases get "off track."
  • Even when aligners are "planned" out perfectly, the teeth do not always move as expected. Cost of new adjunctive aligners are frequently passed on to the patient despite following the proper protocol (see reviews of patient's online)
  • Very good
  • Doctors can control movement of the teeth with much finer control than aligners, but has unavoidable design limitations that are consistent with Traditional Bracket designs over the past 93 years.
Accuracy of Movement
  • Skarin System gradually locks together in an accurate tight fit with unparalleled accuracy.
  • The concept behind aligners is innovative, but aligners can distort during normal wear and tear, which leads to each subsequent aligners fitting less well. This lack of accurate fit requires more revisions and impressions.
  • Accuracy of tooth movement is dependent on the fit of an archwire in the rectangular slot on each bracket on each tooth. However, there is always space between the wire and the bracket that can be quite variable. This looseness leads to unavoidable inaccuracy.
Appointment Intervals and Length of Treatment to Attain Identical Results
  • Fewest appointments, longest intervals between doctor visits, shortest treatment.
  • Longest treatment time. Requires the most appointments if monitored as recommended and appropriate
  • Faster treatment time and fewer appointments than aligners, slower and more appointments than Skarin System.
Accuracy of Torsional Control
  • Extremely accurate with no negative adjacent tooth movement.
  • Least accurate
  • Accurate, but difficult to attain exact desired tooth positions without moving adjacent teeth
Force Dispersion System
  • Teeth and supporting structures can respond normally to heavy biting forces.
  • No. If tray material flexes on the teeth, then it is no longer working to move the teeth
  • All teeth are connected to each other with the archwire. This restricts normal supporting tissue response to heavy biting pressures.
Friction
(Interference With Tooth Movement)
  • Minimal friction, by design
  • Significant friction inherent in the design
  • Significant friction inherent in the design
Appliance Comfort
(Smoothness)
  • Same characteristics as the Edgewise system
  • Best of these three. Best choice for serious musicians playing wind instruments
  • Has necessary protrusions, but engaged wire smooths out the effect of the brackets and is usually easy to adapt to.
Appliance Maintenance and Oral Hygiene
  • Same characteristics as the Edgewise system
  • Best as it is removable, but trays can crack if not handled correctly. If cracked, can be removed to eliminate pain. Hygiene easier
  • Appliance can break with poor eating habits and trauma. Problems can require immediate help. Oral hygiene is more difficult but can be managed well with appropriate effort.
Compliance
(or Lack Thereof!)
  • Same characteristics as the Edgewise system
  • Absolutely critical to wear 24/7 except for eating, and could still get "off track" despite absolute compliance. If new trays no longer engage properly because previous trays did not totally express the programmed movement, new impressions will be needed again.
  • As long as braces stay on teeth, tooth alignment will occur. Speed of bite correction will be influenced by compliance with elastics, but unlike aligners, variable compliance will not adversely affect the appliance itself.

Speed of Treatment


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Aesthetics


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Pain Levels


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Force Levels On the Teeth


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Cost


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Control of Movement


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Accuracy of Movement


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Appointment Intervals and Length of Treatment to Attain Identical Results


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Accuracy of Torsional Control


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Force Dispersion System


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Friction
(Interference With Tooth Movement)


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Appliance Comfort
(Smoothness)


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Appliance Maintenance and Oral Hygiene


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

Compliance
(or Lack Thereof!)


THE SKARIN SYSTEM

CLEAR ALIGNERS

TRADITIONAL/EDGEWISE BRACES SYSTEMS

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