Invisalign vs. Braces
If you are one of the millions who require orthodontic treatment, then you may be weighing your options to find out what you need. Even if you have no clue what braces are, the thought of having something done to your teeth that may require time to restore can be a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, having braces does not have to be something that makes you uncomfortable sharing your smile with your world, and at Advanced Family Dentistry we are happy to help you understand not only how braces can repair your smile, but also how convenient it can be to wear them.
What Are Braces Used For?
Those who do know what braces are usually call up an image of a teenager with a large amount of metal all over their teeth. They may also associate it with awkwardness during mealtimes, when food can get caught up in wires and brackets. For many people, the thought of having to walk around with traditional braces can be demoralizing, especially if they have an ideal image to keep up, such as those who work in public relations or rely heavily on an attractive smile to get through their day.
It helps to remember why you may be recommended for braces to understand why you need them. Those who have serious issues with their teeth, such as significant impaction or misalignment, may require orthodontic work to help optimize both their ability to speak and eat. Generally, over a period of a few years, most dental issues can be fixed quite nicely through the use of braces, which is why it was probably suggested for you.
Options for Realigning Your Teeth
If the thought of walking around with metal on your teeth is an unappealing concept, then it may help you to know that it is not the only option available. Through the use of Invisalign aligners, you can have orthodontic work done that is not only hardly noticeable but can be faster than some traditional methods, depending on the one you choose.
Invisalign aligners are clear plastic aligners that fit into your mouth over your teeth. It is necessary to wear them between 20-22 hours a day for optimal treatment.
Although they are pretty much invisible, some may find that having a device in their mouths may make them a bit uncomfortable. Since they are custom fit to you, most find they can be an ideal option for restoring minor issues, especially crookedness or gaps. Not only are the aligners easier to clean and upkeep, but they can also help mask the appearance of many issues you may have, such as unsightly gaps, so you can feel the satisfaction of a straighter smile now, rather than having to wait.
Because of the convenience of Invisalign, many adults appreciate the level of confidence an invisible aligner can give to their lifestyle. If you are interested in finding out more about this incredible option for realigning your teeth, please do not hesitate to give Advanced Family Dentistry a call at (765) 287-5338 to schedule an appointment.