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An Introduction to a straight smile: Braces or Invisalign

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If you’re considering taking the first few steps in hopes of obtaining a desired set of straight teeth, we want to prepare you with the best knowledge for your treatment plan. Let’s get “straight” into straightening teeth. According to WebMD, the function of regular metal braces is to “use gentle pressure to move your teeth into place over time. Your orthodontist will glue brackets to the front of your teeth and connect them with a wire. They’ll tighten that wire every 4 to 6 weeks. This slowly moves your teeth or jaw or both into place.” The function of clear aligners such as Invisalign, according to WebMD, is to “skip the wires and brackets with these see-through plastic trays that fit over your teeth. You can take them out to eat, brush, and floss.

There are some major differences in choosing metal braces or Invisalign: 

  • Removability
  • Appearance
  • Comfort
  • Treatment time
  • Cost
  • Cleaning and maintenance
  • After care
  • Effectiveness

Metal braces may not be preferred for people in contact sports as the metal could damage gum tissue for example. On the other hand, Invisalign may not be suited for people that have back tooth bite issues, bridgework, need to rotate canines, or have premolars. If the appearance of metal braces has been an obstacle for you obtaining a straighter smile, then Invisalign could be great option. If you are more concerned with the maintenance and routine aspect of it, metal braces may be a better route for you to take. The effectiveness of Invisalign is very dependent on the patient. If a patient does not wear the trays as frequently as they should, the straightening process will be much slower. There are also some cases where metal braces may be the only option or at least the most effective option.

If you want to get that beautiful smile but you’re not sure what the best option is, don’t worry. Call us today at (303) 816-3104 to schedule your consultation with Belleview Dental here in Littleton.