Not everyone has a naturally aligned, straight smile. If you have crooked or misaligned teeth and wish to straighten them, orthodontic treatments are the best option. The goal of every orthodontic procedure is to properly align your bite, jaw, and teeth, resulting in a straight and attractive smile.
For those who wish to align their teeth, several orthodontic treatments are available. The most common ones among them are:
Braces are the most common and traditional orthodontic treatment that typically offer the fastest results.
Braces are metal brackets that are attached to your teeth. Wires connect the brackets, applying pressure to move your teeth into proper alignment. Braces are the most common treatment option for misaligned teeth and bite problems.
Braces are used to treat:
Invisalign® clear aligners are an orthodontic system used to straighten teeth. The system involves the use of a series of clear, removable aligners that are worn in succession. Aligners are used to correct mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Unlike braces, Invisalign® aligners are completely removable. This makes them a great option for those who lead an active lifestyle or those with a busy work schedule. In addition, Invisalign® aligners are easy to clean and maintain and can be taken out prior to eating.
Both Invisalign and braces have their own pros and cons. There are many important factors to consider when deciding between Invisalign vs. braces. Whether you need one, the other, or a combination of the two depends on your individual case.
Braces are bonded to the front of your teeth. They are attached and adjusted regularly by your orthodontist. Braces require regular checkups and strict oral hygiene maintenance. They need to be tightened regularly and adjusted on a regular basis. Wearing braces can be uncomfortable, especially in the beginning.
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually move your teeth into proper alignment. Invisalign aligners work similarly to braces - the aligners apply gentle pressure to move your teeth into position. Invisalign aligners can be removed, allowing you to brush and floss your teeth normally.
Both Invisalign and braces can straighten your smile, but Invisalign offers some distinct advantages compared to braces. Invisalign works faster than braces. Braces require frequent adjustments, which lengthens your time in treatment. Invisalign requires fewer adjustments because the aligners are switched out every few weeks. Invisalign also requires fewer dentist visits, which saves you time. However, severe teeth misalignment can't be fixed with Invisalign but need braces.
Are you considering orthodontic options? Do you have questions about the advantages or disadvantages of Invisalign® vs. braces? Feel free to ask our dentists during your next visit!
To learn more about Invisalign treatment, call us at (916) 575-9990 or email us at [email protected] to schedule your consultation today. We will be happy to guide you towards taking the necessary steps in getting started with your treatment.
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