Invisalign is a series of aligners that are worn and switched out every few weeks. Each aligner is designed to shift the teeth slightly, moving them into the desired position. The aligners are removable, and patients can take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Invisalign can treat mild to severe cases of misaligned teeth.
Braces are also a popular option to straighten teeth. Braces are bonded to teeth, typically on the back, top, or both. Braces use constant pressure to slowly shift the teeth into proper alignment.
Advantages of Invisalign
Invisalign clear aligners are almost invisible. The trays are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. They’re also removable, so you can take them out for meals or to brush and floss your teeth.
Invisalign aligners are more comfortable than braces. You won’t have brackets or wires rubbing against your mouth or poking you in the gums.
With Invisalign, you won’t have as many restrictions on your diet. With braces, you have to avoid hard foods that might break or dislodge your brackets. With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners before eating.
Advantages of Braces
Braces move your teeth into position using brackets and wires. Braces can be either metal or clear, depending on your preference. Some braces are self-ligating, which means the brackets do not need a metal archwire. Braces correct a wide variety of bite and alignment issues.
What Happens at an Orthodontic Appointment?
During an orthodontic appointment, the dentist will examine your teeth and determine if any orthodontic treatment is needed. If it is, he will discuss your treatment options with you, so you can make an informed decision about your care.
If you are getting either Invisalign or braces, you will need to schedule several appointments with the dentist. At these appointments, the dentist will check on the progress of your treatment, make any adjustments needed, and give you your next set of aligners or adjust your braces.
How to Choose the Right Orthodontic Option?
If you’re considering orthodontic options, there are several factors to consider before choosing the best one. At the consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine the best treatment. You should understand the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.
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