A soon-to-be-released addition to the realm of dental treatments, Realine is the newest product available from Align Technology, Inc, the creators of Invisalign. As opposed to being a product designed for orthodontic use, Realine was made with the general dentist in mind. The goal of the product is to correct minor spacing and crowding issues in the mouth that a dentist can manage.
Realine is a five-stage entry level product that was created to be used by general dentists to correct the many cases of minor spacing issues that they see on a regular basis. To determine whether the patient is a good candidate for Realine, the dentist will utilize a 3-D imaging program that generates before and after pictures so that the dentist can get a better idea of how the teeth will respond to the treatment.
The product, along with being simple to use, is more affordable than alternative methods such as Invisalign. The aligner is especially intended for teens and adults who have experienced shifting of the teeth following orthodontic treatments. While many general dentists and patients are anxious to get their hands on this new aligning method, there are some definite causes for concern.
Realine is not targeted towards orthodontists and those experienced in the more intricate and lengthy Invisalign process. Instead, the technology was created for use by general dentists who do not have the years of orthodontic training and experience that are required of an orthodontist. Whereas an orthodontist receives between two to three years of training in orthodontics, the specialty area of dentistry relating to the treatment of tooth irregularities such as misalignments, a general dentist does not.
While dentists are equipped to address a number of general issues relating to dental care, orthodontists are far more able to both identify problems with alignment and spacing as well as determine the severity of the problem. Realine is admittedly not capable of correcting major alignment issues so, in order for Realine to have a successful result, the dentist must be able to determine when the correction required is, in fact, minor. The truth of the matter is that relatively few dentists are qualified to make this decision.
Many individuals are hesitant to seek treatment from an orthodontist, largely because these techniques are often more expensive and involved. While Realine may be a method that proves successful for some, it is wise for patients to consider these concerns and to take them into account when selecting a provider.
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