Having a beautiful, eye-catching smile with straight teeth isn’t something that usually happens naturally. Most people need to use some type of orthodontic treatment to improve their smile.
When it comes to orthodontic treatment options that will help improve your smile, you have two options: Invisalign or metal braces. Learn more about each orthodontic treatment option so you can determine which one is right for you.
The biggest and most noticeable difference between Invisalign and metal braces is how each treatment option straightens your teeth. Invisalign uses a series of removable clear plastic aligner trays which are almost invisible to subtly shift and move the position of your teeth. The trays snap on to small clips that are attached to your teeth.
Metal braces, on the other hand, uses bulky wires, brackets, and rubber bands to move your teeth and jaw. The brackets are bonded to the teeth and the wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets.
Other differences between these two orthodontic treatment options include:
With Invisalign, you will have a series of clear plastic trays that can easily be popped in and out of your mouth. Many patients like having this type of flexibility to remove their orthodontic appliance as it allows them to engage in specific activities, such as sports or public speaking, without having people know they are wearing braces or an orthodontic device.
Traditional metal braces cannot be removed. This means that throughout the course of your treatment, which can last anywhere from a year and half to two years, you will have to walk around wearing bulky, uncomfortable wires and brackets that are extremely noticeable.
The ability to remove the orthodontic device throughout treatment also plays a huge role in the food restrictions you are given. Since traditional braces cannot be removed, you are given a long list of foods that you cannot eat. These foods have to be avoided or you run the risk of breaking your braces and delaying your treatment.
There are fewer food restrictions with Invisalign because the trays can be popped out. Just pop the trays out, eat what you want, then brush and floss and put the trays back in.
A personal consultation not only will verify that you are a good candidate for Invisalign, but it gives you the opportunity to see exactly what type of results you can expect and to ask any questions you might have about orthodontic treatment.
Requesting an Invisalign consultation is easy. Just fill out our short form and the office staff at Matthews Family Dentistry will call you back to schedule your consultation. It is that easy!