Straighter teeth can bring a range of benefits, from a lower risk of decay and infections to a smile that makes you feel more confident. But there’s no longer one primary way of getting there.
At our five Fresh Dental Care locations in Houston, Texas, our expert team offers traditional braces and Invisalign® as part of our orthodontic offerings to help you receive all the perks of better-aligned teeth.
If you’re considering teeth straightening treatment, here’s a closer look at these popular options.
How braces work
Braces consist of ceramic or metal, plus wires and bonding material that keep them attached to your teeth throughout your treatment. Once in place, they gradually shift your teeth into alignment by exerting constant pressure. Not only do your teeth shift, but your jaw adapts as well, which makes braces ideal if you have significant misplacement issues that involve your jaw.
This process takes about two years, from when you get your braces to the day you walk away with straight, braces-free teeth.
How Invisalign works
Invisalign trays are virtually invisible, removable devices you wear over your teeth except when you’re eating or drinking anything besides water. Similar to traditional braces, they gradually shift your teeth into a straighter, more consistent position.
Unlike braces, Invisalign won’t do much for your molars or jaw. So if you have crookedness only in the front or middle of your mouth, Invisalign may be ideal. People who feel self-conscious about the appearance of noticeable braces also appreciate the invisible nature of Invisalign.
Invisalign often takes less time than conventional braces – or about 6-24 months.
Which treatment to choose
Your provider at Fresh Dental Care helps you decide the best option for straighter teeth, guiding you with the state of your teeth, personal goals, and needs.
Traditional braces require less discipline than Invisalign. For effective Invisalign treatment, the trays need to be in place for 20 hours or more daily. If you’re forgetful or not on board with wearing your aligners as required, braces can eliminate related problems and may be a better choice for you.
On the other hand, if you had braces as a kid and your teeth have moved slightly out of their previously straight position – and you feel able to stick to proper wearing – Invisalign may be your best bet.
Lastly, the Invisalign system bases treatment on the location of your molars as the foundation for straightening your other teeth. So if your molars need shifting, traditional braces are a better choice.
To learn more about braces versus Invisalign or to get started with your desired treatment, call the Fresh Dental Care location nearest you. You can also send us a message online through our website.