Teeth crowding can cause a lot of oral health issues, and it can also have a significant impact on your self-confidence. Fortunately, misaligned teeth can be fixed through a variety of different types of orthodontic treatments, so you can repair your smile and reduce any oral pain or difficulties you may be experiencing. Commonly available orthodontic treatments include clear aligners, such as Invisalign, and braces. Below, we’ll discuss these options in detail, so you can pick the one that suits you best.
Invisalign Aligners: Ideal for Minor Issues
Invisalign aligners are orthodontic devices made from clear plastic. They are carefully crafted, so they conform perfectly to your teeth. These aligners are barely noticeable, which makes them ideal for both teenagers and adults who may not want to rock the metal mouth look. However, aligners aren’t always the ideal solution for all orthodontic treatments. If you have minor crowding issues or other orthodontic problems, talk to your dentist about whether you would be a good candidate for Invisalign.
Invisalign is one of the top brands available for clear aligners. Depending on the specifics of your case, your aligners may clear up your orthodontic issues in as little as six months, according to studies reported by Invisalign. Visible improvements may also be noticeable after just a few weeks! Notably, aligners require diligent usage and maintenance. Remember to wear them for at least 22 hours daily to get your desired results as quickly and efficiently as possible. Aligners must also be cleaned regularly, so you’ll have to make time for that as well.
Braces: Ideal for Bigger Orthodontic Concerns
If you have bigger orthodontic issues, braces may be the best solution for you. Braces are usually made from either metal or porcelain. They are designed to line your teeth up properly, and they can be helpful to just about anyone. The downside to wearing braces is the upkeep required. It’s necessary to clean your braces properly and consistently. They are also less subtle than clear aligners, but are definitely more aesthetically pleasing than the braces you remember from the days of old- they are lighter & smaller than ever before, come in a variety of colors (like gold & rose gold) & can be customized with a variety of elastic color combos to allow you to make a bold, unique fashion statement with your teeth! Be sure to talk to your dentist about whether braces or aligners are the right choice for you. Many patients can actually go from using braces to aligners as they go through their treatment.
After Treatment: Retainers
After you’ve undergone orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist will strongly recommend that you wear a retainer. Retainers may be made only from plastic or from a combination of plastic and metal wires. The wire retainers can be continually adjusted to suit your developing teeth. Meanwhile, plastic retainers are prized for being highly durable and user-friendly. Similar to aligners, retainers have to be worn consistently to prevent your teeth from moving. If that happens, you may have to return to your orthodontist earlier than you expected- not ideal!
As you can see, different orthodontic treatment options suit different patients based on their unique smiles & needs. The key here is to understand which option is the best for YOU, & we’re here to help you get to the bottom of it! If you’re ready to get started on your most stunning smile, give Mint Hill Ortho a shout today at 980.243.8030 to get your FREE Smile Consult on the books!