With excellent options available to straighten your teeth, there is certainly no reason to live with a smile that is misaligned. Crooked teeth not only diminish the appearance of your smile, they also have an impact on your oral health since they make proper brushing and flossing more difficult. But how do you know which option is right for your needs? Let’s take a look at the differences between Invisalign and Traditional Orthodontics.
How Does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners instead of traditional brackets and wires. The aligners are designed to fit snugly and press gently against your teeth to move them gradually. Since they are clear, they are hardly noticeable.
In order to achieve your desired results, Invisalign requires compliance and aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours during the day. You will change to new aligners every two weeks.
Pros and Cons of Invisalign
Invisalign works well for many patients; however, it can’t correct complex bite issues. Your dentist in Herndon can determine if Invisalign is right for your needs with x-rays and a thorough examination. If Invisalign is right for you, some of the benefits are:
• The excellent discretion it provides
• No changes to your diet or home care routine are required since aligners are removable
• Most cases can be completed in a timely manner, typically 12 to 18 months
• Aligners are comfortable to wear with no brackets or wires that poke your cheeks and gums
How Does Traditional Orthodontics Work?
With traditional orthodontic treatment, metal or plastic brackets and wires are applied to your teeth and used to move them into correct position. Braces require adjustments with your dentist every few weeks to keep teeth progressing properly.
Pros and Cons of Traditional Orthodontics
Braces can correct bite misalignment, especially when they are utilized during adolescence, which allows them to take advantage of growth patterns. You can also rely on orthodontic treatment to deliver excellent results and an expected outcome.
However, there are some drawbacks to choosing braces such as:
• Brackets and wires can sometimes be uncomfortable
• You will need to avoid eating sticky or hard foods during treatment that could pull brackets off and prolong treatment
• Brushing and flossing your teeth with braces on can prove to be more challenging since you have to clean around brackets and through wires.
Do You Have More Questions?
Are you ready to improve your smile? Are you wondering which option is best for you?
Give your dentist a call today to schedule a consultation to discuss which treatment will help you achieve your desired results.
About the Author
Dr. Sonia Dilolli has been creating beautiful smiles in Herndon, VA for many years. Her advanced training and expertise allow her to provide both traditional orthodontics and Invisalign treatment at her office, so whichever treatment you choose, it will be convenient and efficient for you.
If you would like to contact Dr. Dilolli, she can be reached by calling 703-478-9574 or through her website.