Having crooked teeth can be more than a cosmetic issue. This can impact self esteem and the way a person speaks or chews. Luckily, today patients have the choice of deciding between traditional metal braces and Invisalign. How does an orthodontist decide which is best for a patient? Additional information about the two will shed light on why an orthodontist might recommend one over the other.
The well-known metal braces have been around since the early 19th century. Luckily the metal braces today are much easier to wear than they were in earlier times. They require only a metal bracket be situated in the middle of the tooth, then it is threaded with a straightening wire. Tiny rubber bands hold the wire in place, giving the braces the look everyone recognizes.
While metal braces are the most economical option, they are also popular because of their ability to correct even the most complex orthodontic issues. Whether the problem is an overbite, underbite, cross bite or reducing jaw strain to protect teeth, traditional metal braces are the go to option.
Many people do not like how visible the metal braces are, this is a very common concern for adults who have opted for braces later in life. Also, some feel that the metal is uncomfortable. Therefore, many people are turning to invisalign. A clear aligner is made after the teeth are scanned with an intraoral camera. This is a very accurate system that takes measurements of the teeth. The measurements are then used to create a series of aligners that are used over a period of months to gradually straighten the teeth.
Also, the trays can come out for eating and brushing so there is less worry about orthodontic care. These invisible aligners also make people less self-conscious about their smile, as they are not noticeable unless one is really looking for them. These are more than likely going to be recommended for mild orthodontic issues as well as for teens or adults who are concerned about the appearance of braces during treatments.
Keep in mind, only an orthodontist has the training, experience and treatment options to give a person their best smile. While there are do it yourself treatments out there, they can cause lasting damage. Only seek treatment with the direct supervision of an AAO Orthodontist. To find out more contact an orthodontist Broomfield today. While all orthodontists are actually dentists, only 6% of dentists are orthodontists. Keep this in mind when considering providers.