When your teeth are crowded, crooked, unevenly spaced or misaligned, you may not feel good about the way that you look. Likewise, trying to floss between crowded and crooked teeth can be next to impossible. This is why many are choosing to go with orthodontic treatment as a way to straighten their smile and improve their overall appearance. When it comes to orthodontic options, there are many different options available to meet your needs.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is ideal for patients who want to straighten their teeth using clear aligners. These aligners are worn over the teeth and work by applying gentle pressure to your smile. Over the course of several months, Invisalign treatment can correct an array of different orthodontic problems. Invisalign trays are removable, but they must be worn for about 22 hours a day in order for treatment to be effective. You’ll go through many Invisalign trays over the course of treatment. Treatment using Invisalign can take anywhere from six to 18 months or longer considering your needs.
What are Metal Braces?
Metal braces are still one of the most popular orthodontic appliances today. This type of treatment involves metal brackets that are applied to the front of the teeth. A thin wire is then arranged over these brackets and kept in place by small rubber bands. You’ll come in regularly to have the wire adjusted as the teeth begin to shift. Metal braces are permanently applied to the teeth, so you’ll need to find ways to clean around the brackets and wiring to keep your teeth healthy. Treatment typically takes anywhere from one to three years.
Invisalign VS Metal Braces
Both orthodontic options have their pros and cons. For Invisalign patients, they may find that they enjoy the freedom of being able to remove their aligners when needed. For metal brace patients, they may like the fact that they don’t have to think about a removable appliance or have to worry about where they placed it so that they can put it back into their mouths. For patients with severe orthodontic problems, metal braces are often the better option. Invisalign is best for teens and adults who don’t necessarily want metal brackets and wiring. Both of these orthodontic treatment options can be beneficial for your smile.
If you’d like to discuss your orthodontic options, please call our office today to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members. We offer one-on-one care and low wait times to improve our patients’ experience!