Invisalign® vs Braces
At Egger Orthodontics we assist our patients to select the suitable dental treatment option for their comfort level and expectations. If you are planning to choose between aligners and braces to straighten your teeth, then you must have many unanswered questions. Which option is more affordable? Which option is more effective? You will want to choose the most effective treatment option, even if it is a bit expensive. Eventually, you are not looking to fix your teeth again. So, aligners vs. braces, which is the best option for you?
Aligners vs. Braces: Let us get to their basics
The main aim of both aligners and braces is to straighten your teeth while enhancing your smile as well as general oral health.
Aligners are designed to be invisible. The aligner trays are made of comfortable and smooth clear plastic, which is worn over the teeth, to gently and subtly move the teeth. Our specialists will use pictures, impressions, and x-rays to design an exact 3D image of the patient’s teeth. This assists our specialists to design suitable aligner trays for the patient.
Braces, on the other hand, are metal brackets that are glued to a patient’s teeth, and then tied together using small rubber bands and wires. Today, technology has made it possible to design brackets that closely match the patient’s enamel color. This makes your braces more discrete.
Who is the Right Candidate?
AlignersThe candidates for aligners tend to be fewer than dental braces candidates. The main reason behind this is that aligners are limited when it comes to treating more serious orthodontic issues. That means aligners cannot treat the complex issues treated by dental braces. However, aligners are suitable for less complex orthodontic fixes.
Today, aligners can be fixed on teenagers and adults with fully-grown permanent teeth. However, we don’t recommend young children to use aligners because the process demands the patient to follow the treatment plan strictly. This treatment plan involves removing your aligners while eating, drinking, flossing, and brushing. However, you can still drink water while wearing your aligners.
BracesBraces are ideal for patients with crooked and crowded teeth, as well as teeth that are irregularly spaced or that are misaligned. We do not recommend braces for young children because their permanent teeth haven’t had enough time to develop. However, we recommend that your child receive an orthodontic examination from us when they attain the age of seven. This assists us to identify any prevailing orthodontic problems or developing problems. Therefore, we can correct these problems when the child attains a suitable age. Many people associate children with dental braces, but adults are also candidates for braces.
Before recommending someone for dental braces, we usually check their general oral health. If a patient has underlying dental issues, we first treat those issues before recommending orthodontics.
However, the best way to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for aligners or braces is to speak to our specialists for an evaluation. If you have any questions about aligners or braces, don’t hesitate to contact Egger Orthodontics at 425.270.1616 for more information.
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