Find out the difference between these two popular orthodontic treatments in Merced and Mariposa, CA.
Want to say goodbye to that crooked smile? The next step is trying to figure out which orthodontic treatment is right for you. Your Merced orthodontist Dr. Richard Rowan offers a many different treatment options to cater to any patient’s needs, budgets and lifestyles. Find out about Invisalign, how it differs from traditional braces and which one is right for you.
Which Orthodontic Treatment is Right for You?
While both traditional braces and Invisalign are designed to improve overall oral health and straighten smile, they do so in different ways. There are several things to consider before getting braces in Merced and Mariposa. Be sure to weigh all the pros and cons of these treatments to figure out which option might be best for you:
Appearance: While traditional braces have certainly come a long way and can promise tooth-colored wires and clear brackets, they won’t offer the same clarity and subtlety that Invisalign aligners will. Invisalign boasts clear, virtually invisible plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires.
Length of treatment: Patients will wear their traditional braces all day every day for an average of two years. The length of time will vary depending on the severity of your dental issues. Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, can be removed when eating or brushing your teeth and treatment time is anywhere from six to 18 months.
Expense: Traditional metal braces tend to be less expensive than Invisalign. You should also consider how much your dental insurance will cover.
Care: You will need to brush and floss your teeth regularly, making sure to get into those hard-to-reach spots between teeth and along the gumline. This can be difficult when wearing bracket-and-wire braces. Invisalign aligners can be removed for brushing and flossing, making it easier to care for your teeth during your treatment. You will also want to rinse out and clean your aligners so they remain invisible and don’t stain.
Dental visits: With traditional braces you will need to see your Merced and Mariposa orthodontist Dr. Rowan every month to make sure your treatment is going smoothly. If you are wearing Invisalign you will also need to see us every four to six weeks, and remember to replace your aligners every two weeks.
Follow-up care: After any orthodontic treatment, no matter whether you have Invisalign or traditional braces, you will still need to wear a retainer after your treatment so your teeth don’t shift back.
The only way to truly find out whether Invisalign is right for you is to see your Merced orthodontist for a consultation. If you’re ready to get that straighter smile then call our office today.