Invisible or Traditional Braces – Part 1
A Guide to Making the Right Choice
Once you decide to straighten your teeth, the next question is to decide how. Will you use invisible or traditional braces? This guide provides the information you need to decide which is right for you, or your child.
Invisible or Traditional Braces – What to Consider
Either invisible or traditional braces are common options now. They will both move your teeth and give you a better smile.
A consultation with your dentist at Brandon Dental Care is the best way to know for sure what is best.
Knowing a bit about the differences between invisible or traditional braces will make sure you are prepared to make your final decision.
What You Will Look Like
The appearance of the 2 types of braces is very different.
The invisible braces really are virtually invisible. Most people will not be able to tell you are wearing them at all. And if it is really critical you can remove the aligner for a short time, for example to have a special meal.
Traditional braces use metal brackets bonded to your teeth and connected to each other with arch wires. These arch wires need to be adjusted periodically to put the pressure on your teeth to make them move.
If you want a discreet way to straighten your teeth, the nearly invisible braces are probably your best choice.
The Changes Your Teeth Need
Many of the same cases can be treated with either invisible or traditional braces. Unfortunately, there is less control with the invisible braces. Severe cases of:
- tooth rotation
- and some other severe problems
are usually best treated with traditional braces.
Mild to moderately severe malocclusions have treatment times that are similar for both the invisible or traditional braces.
Personal Habits and Lifestyle
You will need to make some changes for either invisible or traditional braces.
Wearing traditional braces means avoiding hard and sticky foods that might damage the arch wires or metal brackets.
With invisible braces, you remove your aligner to eat, so you can eat whatever you want. You will need to figure out exactly how to remove your aligners to avoid awkward situations when you are eating in public. Also, it is possible to lose an aligner when it has been removed.
Invisible or Traditional Braces – In summary, so far.
There are several factors that need to be considered when you decide to have orthodontic work done. The type of braces you choose will affect your experience. Invisible or traditional braces will both give you a better smile. Watch out for part 2 of this series to have the rest of the questions answered.