However your teeth are looking at the moment, getting a straight smile is completely achievable. You just have to decide what treatment you want to use to get there! Modern orthodontics has expanded to include more options for patients than ever before. Here is some information about the advantages and disadvantages of the two main choices, braces and Invisalign®, so you can figure out which is best for you.
Pros & Cons of Braces
Braces have long been an option for people to fix their teeth alignment. The brackets and wires of this orthodontic treatment uses tried and true technology, but they’re also sleeker and more comfortable these days. Now, you can also choose between traditional metal braces or ceramic braces, which blend in more with the appearance of your teeth.
Generally less expensive than other orthodontic options
Can fix even major misalignment issues
Color of the brackets can be personalized
Fixed in place so you don’t have to worry about losing them or whether they’re working
Can make it more difficult to clean teeth properly
Involves certain food restrictions for things that could damage braces
Pros & Cons of Clear Aligners
Clear aligner therapy is a more recent development in the orthodontic world. Instead of using brackets and wires to pull teeth, this treatment uses a series of custom-made plastic aligners to push your teeth into place.
Barely noticeable appearance
More comfortable to wear due to the smooth plastic material
Removeable for easy teeth cleaning
Pricier than other orthodontic options
May not be the best choice for severe orthodontic cases
Have to remember to keep the aligners in for 22 hours a day in order for the treatment to be effective
Whether braces or clear aligners are right for you will depend on how much teeth straightening you need, what your budget is, and what makes the most sense for your lifestyle.
At Sapphire Dental, we offer a number of different dental services, including braces and Invisalign. For a consultation about either at our office, contact us today to set up an appointment!
About Sapphire Dentalva
When you think of a dentist’s office, do you picture white, clinical walls, uncomfortable seating, and old magazines? That’s not the case at Sapphire Dental! We truly value our patients and go above and beyond to ensure that every person who walks through our doors has a positive, stress-free experience from start to finish! If you struggle with dental fear and anxiety, you’re not alone! Many other people deal with it, too. Instead of missing out on the care you need, we invite you to get in touch with our office to discuss your sedation options. Sedation dentistry can help you get through your dental visits with ease.