Fixing a bite or crooked teeth used to involve awkward-looking metal braces, frequent trips to the dental clinic, and a few years of discomfort. Fortunately, dental technology has led to some exciting new braces options, which are more inconspicuous, effective, and comfortable. Some of the latest treatments are almost invisible, especially certain types of clear braces such as Invisalign.
Most dental clinics now offer both metal braces and clear braces, which can leave you wondering which type of treatment is right for you. Below is a guide to help you understand the differences between traditional metal braces and Invisalign. So if you need to get braces, review the two options below, and then visit your preferred dental clinic to get started on the treatment that fits your orthodontic needs.
Metal braces involve visiting a dental clinic to get brackets glued each tooth, and having each bracket connected with metal wires. The wires are then tightened at your dental clinic every few weeks in order to move teeth into their proper places. Metal braces are usually the best treatment for very complex orthodontic cases, as they are very strong and durable. The good news is that modern metal brackets are now smaller and more visually appealing than they used to be. However, metal braces still make it more difficult to brush and floss, and you need to avoid certain foods, especially hard candy, chewing gum and popcorn while wearing them. Because of these issues, along with the advent of clear braces and removable systems, metal braces are falling out of favour for routine orthodontic work.
Invisalign (Clear Braces)
Invisalign is a brand of clear braces, and is an invisible way of straightening your teeth. These clear braces can give you a beautiful smile, without the hassle and cosmetic issues of more traditional systems. To straighten your teeth, you will receive custom Invisalign aligners from your dental clinic. You wear each set for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move into their desired position over a period of 9 to 18 months. You will need to visit your dental clinic for several short check-ups to ensure that the treatment is progressing as desired, but the length and frequency of dentist visits involved in the Invisalign treatment is much less than with bracket-based brace systems.
Metal and clear braces are both effective at straightening your teeth, so which treatment option you decide to go with will depend mostly on the orthodontic work you need to have done. If your dental clinic wants to fix a serious bite issue, or your teeth are severely crooked, the traditional metal braces may be the best fit for you. However, clear braces can help you achieve a beautiful smile inconspicuously and hassle free, so for a simple case of teeth straightening, or even a minor correction in bite, Invisalign is a great choice.