Invisalign® vs. Braces
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
Have you ever read a book where they talked about a character who had adorably crooked teeth? Probably not. We also don’t see a whole lot of people with crooked teeth on television or in the movies. If you have crooked teeth, you’re not the only one. There are a lot of people in the same situation as you. In fact, over 90% of American adults have at least one tooth that did not come in straight. If this sounds like you, we have a way to fix your crooked teeth. There are two ways that are typically used to fix crooked teeth- the Invisalign® system and braces. There are good points about each. Give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a few minutes of your time to talk to you about these teeth-straightening methods.
Why Do I Need to Straighten My Teeth?
There are many reasons you might need to straighten your teeth. If you have a bite problem- your front teeth either come down too far, your lower teeth sit in front of your upper teeth, or your teeth don’t meet when you close your mouth, you need to have your teeth straightened and your bite corrected. That’s because bite problems will lead to bigger problems with your jaw later in life if it isn’t corrected. Also, your teeth might be overcrowded, which can make it difficult to keep good oral hygiene. If your teeth are too widely spaced, you may also have a problem with your jaw as you get older. Teeth can also overlap, or one tooth may be in front of the other. All of these problems need to be taken care of, and all of them can be fixed either with braces or with Invisalign.
What’s the Difference Between Braces and Invisalign?
Braces have been used on human teeth for centuries as a way to straighten crooked teeth. In fact, ancient people in Egypt and other areas of Northern Africa have been found with gold bands on their teeth. Braces today consist of a bracket that is glued onto your teeth. The bracket is usually made of metal, but it can also be made of plastic as well. Brackets can be glued to the front of your teeth, or they can be glued behind your teeth. Each bracket is connected to your other brackets using wires. We gradually tighten those wires over time to shift your teeth around so that they are in the right position and they are spaced correctly.
Braces are great for people who have teeth that are really overcrowded. They are also good for people with teeth that are overlapping. However, braces are painful for some people when the wires are tightened. Also, oral hygiene with braces can be difficult. Some people have issues with the wires or brackets cutting their cheeks and gums as well.
Invisalign is a liner made of clear plastic that fits over your teeth. You remove Invisalign to eat, drink, brush and floss. Otherwise, you wear Invisalign for the rest of the day and night. Many people like Invisalign because they don’t want to wear wires and brackets as adults. They also don’t want the dietary restrictions that come with braces. You will still come to visit us every other month, so that we can check your mouth and so you can get a new set of aligners. Treatment time is generally 6 months shorter with aligners than with braces. However, if you don’t remember to put your aligners in after eating or brushing your teeth, your treatment time will be longer. The price for Invisalign and traditional braces is roughly the same.
Do you have questions about either braces or Invisalign? We love to answer questions! Give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.