There are a number of options available for patients looking to correct the alignment of their teeth and bite. The choice between treatment through aligner trays and metal braces. At North Star Family Smiles, we straighten teeth with two different kinds of invisible, removable dental trays.
We have made this guide to explain the benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect in comparison to traditional metal braces.
Understanding Metal Braces
Traditional braces operate through a series of metal brackets bonded to the surface of the teeth. These brackets are connected by an archwire, which pulls the teeth into ideal alignment. Throughout your treatment, the archwire is gradually and repeatedly tightened to improve the position of teeth. This form of treatment is often recommended for patients who are either not done growing (children and young teens), or who have severe alignment and occlusal issues.
Patients aren’t able to eat certain foods when wearing braces, as they can break the brackets or bend the archwires. Failure to properly clear away these food particles can lead to an increased risk of decay of otherwise healthy enamel. Metal brackets can cause discomfort by rubbing against the soft tissues of the cheeks and brushing teeth with these bonded appliances requires additional effort, as they cannot floss normally. Patients with braces often require flossing needles or a Waterpik in order to ensure the spaces between their teeth remain clean.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
Modern versions of orthodontic systems are made from smooth plastic dental trays and are able to correct the most common issues patients may have. These trays are custom-made for each patient’s smile, ensuring that they are as comfortable as possible when worn. Invisalign aligners and ClearCorrect trays are removed during meals as well as regular hygiene processes, ensuring patients can eat and brush normally. Patients don’t have to follow new dietary guidelines, such as avoiding soda and chips and can easily clean around and between teeth to ensure their smile remains health.
These functional benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect come in addition to their aesthetic benefits. The appliances are nearly invisible when worn, making them ideal for those who don’t wish treatment to be obvious.
We are proud to offer Invisalign and ClearCorrect as orthodontic alternatives for patients with crooked teeth. To learn more about what can be achieved through cosmetic dental appliances and to see whether you qualify, contact Dr. El Bjeriami today.