When it comes to teeth straightening, most would agree that there are two main methods: traditional metal and wire braces and Invisalign. If you are looking to straighten your teeth in the new year, it’s important to weigh your options. While each method provides similar results, traditional braces will not be able to offer the same level of comfort as Invisalign.
Metal braces can be used to correct a number of orthodontic issues, from crooked teeth to overcrowding, overbite, and underbite. Depending on the severity of the issue, metal braces can correct your smile in two to three years. Metal braces also come with physical and superficial side effects. Because the brackets are cemented to your teeth, the area beneath the brackets may experience some decay due to inadequate brushing and flossing on that area of your tooth. The part of your tooth covered by the bracket will also be prone to discoloration, and plaque may begin to build up along the gumline. Metal braces also come with a list of foods you cannot eat for the duration of treatment, including bagels, popcorn, hard candies and especially crunchy chips. Even if you avoid the prohibited foods, you may experience difficulty eating, whether you’re trying to keep your wires intact or getting food particles caught between brackets.
Invisalign’s removable trays are clear, so no one needs to know you’re straightening your teeth. While they should be worn for about 22 hours per day, you can take them out when you eat, allowing you to maintain proper brushing and flossing as your teeth straighten out. Your gums will experience less swelling and irritation because you will be able to brush right to the gums. The trays fit right over your teeth, so the plastic won’t stick out and irritate your gums and cheeks like wires could. Invisalign also has a shorter expected treatment time than traditional braces. Invisalign treatment is usually a year and by using the Berik Acceleration Method, she can reduce the treatment time to as little as 4 months.
This winter, you don’t have to let the fear of a metal smile affect your decision to straighten your teeth. Scheduling an appointment with Newton Dental Associates can provide you with the smile you’ve always wanted! Newton Dental Associates can be reached by calling 617-965-0060 or by filling out our online contact form.