Wallace, NC Invisalign Treatment
Invisalign vs. Traditional Metal Braces
With all the different kinds of braces to choose from it can be difficult to figure out which one is right for you. After all, you see a lot of commercials, ads and even personal stories glorifying one type of orthodontic treatment over another. So, which one is better?
There isn’t one type of braces that is superior to another (after all, they are both designed to straighten teeth), but there usually is one that will fit your needs and goals a bit better and that’s what we help you determine.
These clear, removable trays (called aligners) are custom-made to shift teeth based on the treatment plan mapped out by our orthodontist. Through Invisalign’s advanced computer technology we can determine which teeth need to move in order to achieve the proper smile. From there, each aligner is made to promote certain tooth movements. Invisalign can address minor to more severe tooth movements, but can’t handle issues that require complicated or complex jaw or tooth movements.
You’ll wear these aligners for about 22 hours out of the day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. Aligners will need to be properly cleaned, but because they can be removed you won’t have to worry about changing your diet or your oral care routine (which you will have to with braces).
Invisalign is also a great option for late teens and adults looking to achieve the perfect smile but without wearing a mouth full of metal. We understand that adults don’t want to sport metal brackets and wires while in front of colleagues and clients, and teens going into college don’t want to start the new school year with braces. While Invisalign isn’t right for children and young teens, it can be great for these cases mentioned above.
There is a reason that so many patients still opt for braces. Traditional braces are a great way to fix even the most challenging cases that Invisalign won’t be able to handle. Plus, children can easily benefit from braces. While braces get a bad rap, they have certainly changed a lot over the years. Now the metal is much sleeker and slimmer, so you don’t feel the bulk of your braces. Plus, you can even opt for porcelain braces, which offer attractive and subtle tooth-colored brackets and wires. While they are more expensive than traditional metal braces they certainly offer a more aesthetic benefit.