If you’re looking for a way to achieve straighter teeth, and stay away from the appearance of metal orthodontics, you have several options. Two of the most popular ways to meet those goals are Invisalign® and a more traditional braces system that utilizes white brackets and wires to be more discreet.
As a provider of Invisalign®, Dr. Frost invites patients to consider the following about their options:
Invisalign®: This system of clear, removable orthodontic aligners straightens teeth as patients switch out trays every few weeks. Invisalign® is custom-created to fit patients’ smiles and is typically recommended for minor to moderate teeth alignment needs.
Pros: The clear aligners are smooth and do not cut or injure the inside of your mouth. Patients also enjoy being able to remove their orthodontic appliances to eat, drink, and brush their teeth. Best of all, perhaps, is that others will generally not be able to tell that you’re wearing braces at all.
Many of the considerations to keep in mind with Invisalign® come down to care and compliance. While metal braces stand up to a bit more wear and tear, Invisalign® needs to be handled gently to avoid breaking, scratching, or clouding the plastic. Because this appliance is removable, patients also have to be committed to wearing their aligners full-time day and night.
Traditional Braces Variations: With standard braces, brackets are bonded to teeth and wires and bands are attached to exert the force needed for realignment. Through modern dental treatment, more discreet bands, brackets, and wires can be utilized to ensure your smile looks as natural as possible. Brackets can also be bonded to the backside of teeth (lingual orthodontics). Tooth-colored and hidden treatment options are provided to make this a more aesthetic choice for patients dealing with severe cases of bite and teeth misalignment.
Compared to traditional metal braces, this system provides predictable treatment that looks attractive.
Remember!: This treatment option does require more care and attention than removable orthodontics to ensure teeth are kept clean and healthy. Patients will have to be diligent about brushing and flossing around/between bonded dental appliances to keep their smiles free of plaque and tartar. Patients who choose lingual braces will also need an adjustment period to get used to the feeling of appliances on the backside of teeth, as this may change speech and eating habits.
Our Rutherford dentist is here to help you find the procedure that meets your needs for aesthetic appeal and performance. Our office is able to provide Invisalign® for a variety of patients with differing dental needs. To learn more about what Invisalign® can do for you, contact our office to schedule your consultation.