If you think there’s only one type of braces, think again! Technology has advanced considerably over the years, giving you more choices than ever before when it comes to your health and your smile. What types of braces in Allentown, Reading, Easton, and beyond can your find from our team? And how do you know which option is best for you?
When you mentally picture braces, the image in your head is probably that of traditional braces. They use metal wires and brackets to gradually align your teeth. The wire puts pressure on your teeth, moving them into place, while the brackets help hold their position. That may sound painful, but it’s not! Thanks to technology, traditional braces aren’t as uncomfortable as they may have been when your parents wore them. Brackets are smaller, wires move more gently, and we offer a variety of tools like orthodontic wax to help alleviate any discomfort. We also offer clear wires and brackets.
Traditional braces are still the most popular orthodontic treatment available. There’s a reason orthodontists have been using them for decades: because they work! Traditional braces are affixed to your teeth, so you can’t take them off, lose them, or forget to wear them. This is why they have the highest success rate out of any treatment available. No matter how simple or complex your case, chances are traditional braces can help.
Invisalign uses a series of transparent, custom aligners that, when worn regularly, gradually move your teeth into place. The aligners are removable, which makes them extremely convenient. Patients can remove them when they’re eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. There’s no poking or prodding, and most people won’t be able to tell you’re wearing Invisalign.
Invisalign is popular among adult patients. The treatment is faster, more convenient, and more comfortable. However, if the aligners aren’t worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day, you risk the chances of a failed treatment. That’s why we recommend Invisalign for teens or adults who understand what their responsibilities are.
Braces vs Invisalign
Out of both types of braces, how do you know which treatment is best for you? There are pros and cons to both treatments, but always the benefit of a straighter smile! We’ve broken down the differences below:
- Braces: Clear or metal brackets and wires
- Invisalign: Transparent, plastic aligners
- Braces: Some mild discomfort during initial application and adjusting
- Invisalign: No wires or brackets to rub against cheeks or gums; very little, if any, discomfort
- Braces: 9-24 months
- Invisalign: 9-18 months
- Braces: Very high
- Invisalign: Variable
- Braces: Teeth must be brushed regularly to avoid white spots
- Invisalign: Aligners must be removed for eating and drinking, and teeth must be brushed before aligners are replaced
- Braces: Anyone! No matter your age or the complexity of your case.
- Invisalign: Teens or adults with more simple cases. Are not recommended for complex cases.
Now that you know the types of braces and the differences between them, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our Lehigh Valley or Berks County orthodontists. During a free consultation, they’ll help you decide which treatment is best for you.
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