Are you looking for options to improve your smile by straightening your teeth? If you are, you have a few options to choose from. Before you make a choice, you need to weigh the pros and cons of each procedure. You also need to determine whether you are a good candidate for the treatment you choose.
In addition to discussing your options with your orthodontist, you need to do your homework to make an informed decision. Your choice of teeth straightening option will also depend on the type of orthodontic treatment you require.
This guide will focus on two of the most popular teeth-straightening options: braces and Invisalign. No matter which option you choose, the most important part of the treatment is the orthodontist you use. A skilled and experienced orthodontist will study your dental history, examine your teeth, and recommend the best option.
The orthodontist will also carefully perform the procedure and supervise your recovery to ensure the best possible results. Both traditional braces and Invisalign aim for the same results: improved oral health and straight teeth.
Your preferences and needs will determine the better treatment option for you. When most people think about straightening crooked teeth, they often picture traditional metal braces. If you choose this treatment option, your orthodontist will glue metal brackets to the enamel in each of your teeth.
He/she will then maneuver metal wires between the brackets to slowly move or shift your teeth over time. The wire and brackets will gradually pull teeth into the desired position. Each patient is different and will have a different experience based on his/her specific condition.
Braces have a lot going for them. Their advantages include:
They are suitable no matter how difficult your case of teeth misalignment is or if you have certain facial and dental issues that you want to correct.
They can achieve a perfect result, thanks to the amount of force they exert on your teeth.
When it comes to aligning teeth and closing gaps, they can be faster than Invisalign.
There are many types of braces to choose from.
This type of teeth straightening treatment uses clear aligners made of plastic customized for each patient. Before customizing your aligners, your orthodontist will make a 3D scan of your mouth. Your customized aligners will slowly move your teeth into their proper position.
The biggest advantage of Invisalign clear aligners is that they are virtually invisible. This is especially beneficial to adult patients. Most adults do not want their friends, clients, and colleagues to notice that they are undergoing teeth straightening treatment. This treatment is also ideal for self-conscious teens afraid of getting braces.
Other benefits of Invisalign over traditional braces include:
You do not have to wear them all the time and can take them out to eat.
You can take them out before brushing and flossing your teeth, translating to better dental health.
Most dental consultations will happen before you get your aligners, which is more convenient for busy individuals.
They are more comfortable and less painful to use than traditional metal braces.
Nowadays, most people choose to get Invisalign. That being said, you need to be disciplined in putting them back in your mouth after eating and cleaning your teeth. You also need to wear them for at least 22 hours per day to achieve the desired results.
To learn more about the pros and cons of Invisalign and braces, visit Smile Institute Miami at our office in Miami, Florida. You can call (305) 590-5228 today to schedule an appointment.