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If you have less-than-perfect teeth, you’re not alone. Over four million people in the United States currently have braces, including adults, which make up about a quarter of these individuals. With more options than ever coming into the scene, the chances are higher that you’ll find a braces option that’s perfect for your orthodontic needs.
Not too long ago, the predominant option for everyone was to get traditional metal braces. These are still viable treatment solutions that give real results.
But the spectrum of tooth correction requirements is broad. What are the people with only minor cosmetic needs to do? Medical professionals have come up with excellent alternatives for smiles that don’t need to go through such invasive measures to look well. One of these methods is Invisalign.
This treatment method involves wearing a series of plastic molds, which are called aligners. Over the course of your treatment, a series of aligners will continually shape your teeth into its ultimate “corrected” form.
First, you’ll come to the first appointment where your impressions will be taken of your teeth/mouth to make into a mold or model. From this mold, your orthodontist will create your first aligner. This aligner will be close to your original shape of teeth but with slight adjustments that are meant to steer your teeth where they should go. Therefore, when you first put it on, it will feel a little tight.
Then, you’ll receive new aligners at subsequent visits until your teeth are straight. Each retainer has specific tooth movement programmed into their design to move your teeth into proper alignment. From this point, you’ll receive a retainer that you’ll wear for a prescribed amount of time until your teeth are permanently set.
Braces are among the oldest orthodontic correction procedures that require gluing brackets on your teeth and securing them with a wire that attaches to the brackets. Over the course of your treatment, your orthodontist will change the wires to move your teeth.
You’ll see your orthodontist regularly to get your wires changed which will direct the course of your tooth correction. At the end of your treatment, you should have your teeth aligned to where you want them to be. You’ll then receive a retainer and wear it for a prescribed amount of time until your teeth are stable in their new position.
Invisalign vs. Braces- Which one do you need?
So which one should you get? Here are a few questions you can ask yourself that will help steer you in the right direction.
Do you have gaps or crooked teeth without any other issues?
- Yes: Either braces or Invisalign can work for you, but Invisalign would be a less-invasive option for you.
Do you have crooked teeth and gaps WITH bite issues like overbite, crossbite, or underbite?
- Yes: You’ll benefit the most from traditional braces, and here’s why. With braces, you can take advantage of more efficient appliances that can fix these more dramatic imperfections. Invisalign can’t do these things.
Do you have severely crowded teeth?
- Yes: Traditional braces will be better you since your dentist can create room in your mouth with tooth extractions, palate expanders, and manipulating the wires and brackets of traditional braces to your teeth’s advantage.
The bottom line is that more complicated problems like bite issues and severe crowding are best resolved using braces, whereas simpler issues can be fixed with Invisalign. The best way to find out if either option is suitable for you would be to meet with one of our dentists to diagnose your bite/alignment issues and review your options.
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To find out which treatment is the best for you, schedule a free consultation with us. We’ll walk you through all your options after assessing your situation and give you honest feedback about your dental needs.