Teeth straightening methodology has vastly improved over the past several decades. There was a time when the only option to correct your occlusion involved metal bands and brackets, wires, rubber bands, and frequent visits to the orthodontist to keep the program on track.
There are many different options now that allow the patient to make a choice … major factors to consider are the severity of the malocclusion, investment, and aesthetics throughout treatment. Whether you choose ceramic braces, traditional metal braces, or the very popular Invisalign teeth straightening method, the importance of having a correct bite means more than a great smile. Straight teeth eliminate areas where bacteria can grow leading to plaque build-up; plaque can lead to dental decay and gum disease.
Teeth straightening can take months or years to accomplish. Selecting the right program for you is important … a brief comparison of three programs follow:
- Ceramic braces – Instead of metal, the brackets are made from tooth colored ceramic making them less visible than metal. Ceramic is strong and stain resistant.
- Metal braces – The metal braces method has offered improvements over the years as well. They are strong and while other teeth straightening programs may not be suitable to correct a severe malocclusion, metal braces can answer the call to treat any situation.
- Invisalign – This method employs clear aligners to straighten teeth. But it’s not just aesthetics that make this program so desirable. Invisalign aligners are removable. This means the patient can continue to eat and snack on all the foods they wish; the aligners are removed while eating and replaced when done.
Being able to remove your braces during your daily oral maintenance routine is advantageous as well. You can brush and floss daily making sure to clean all areas of your dentition. Your dentist can thoroughly clean and examine your teeth every six months throughout your teeth straightening program too.
Invisalign clear aligners do not stain; they shift teeth by updating the aligner every two weeks with the next in the series that has been fabricated using 3-D digital technology. The patient must wear aligners for twenty to twenty-two hours daily throughout treatment to achieve the desired results in the designated time frame.
The choices available today make having teeth straightened a better experience than years past; a consultation with our orthodontist will reveal the program best for you.