If you’ve been looking into Orthodontic treatment, then you probably that it can come with a whole bunch of questions - and, chances are, you’ve probably even asked a few already!
Some of the most common questions have to do with how long treatment may last, or even how Orthodontic treatment will fit into one’s life. But perhaps the most important question (and the one that needs to be answered before Dr. Rothman can accurately answer the rest) is:
“Do I want traditional metal braces, or Invisalign clear braces?”
About Metal Braces
You’re probably already familiar with the traditional metal braces - these are composed of a system of metal brackets & wires which move the teeth into the desired position. The metal brackets are placed on the front of the teeth, while the wires are placed horizontally along the teeth inside the brackets.
The wires & brackets, once applied, can be adjusted by Dr. Rothman to give the desired pressure, or “pull”, needed to move the teeth and get your smile in line! Traditional metal braces are a fixed system, which means that once they are placed on the teeth, they cannot be removed until treatment has ended.
Generally, the wires & brackets that are applied in the beginning of treatment will not have to be changed out for a different set.Since the trays are made specifically for your teeth, each set is designed to exert pressure in all the right places to get your teeth & bite in line (similar to traditional braces).
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The Invisalign system works very similarly in the way that it moves teeth, but it’s very different in the fact that it is composed of varying sets of clear, invisible aligners. These Invisalign™ aligners are made specifically for your teeth - it starts with Dr. Rothman getting a molding of your teeth, which is then sent to a lab where all aligners for your treatment are developed.
Once treatment has begun, each set of aligners (one aligner for your set of upper teeth, and one for your lower) is worn for at least 22 hours a day for about 2 weeks.
Invisalign™ is fully removable - which means you’ll take them out to eat, drink, and brush.
So Which One Should You Choose?
Now that you know what each of these types of treatments do, and how they work, the next step is to determine which treatment is going to give you the results and amount of flexibility you’re looking for.
1. Which Type of Treatment is Right for You
The first thing is to determine which types of treatment your case qualifies for.
While Invisalign is a very capable and impressive system, not all cases of Orthodontic misalignment can be treated with this system. Most can, but not all. Dr. Rothman will be able to help you determine which treatment will be the most successful for your individual case.
2. Which Type of Treatment Fits your Lifestyle
If you find yourself presented with both options, the second step is to think about which type of treatment appeals more to you, and which treatment will fit your lifestyle the best!
Invisalign has the obvious appeal of being fully removable, as well as almost completely invisible. Almost no people will notice that you’re undergoing treatment at all, and you’re able to completely remove the trays whenever it’s necessary - which includes when eating, drinking anything other than water, and brushing. Invisalign is the perfect option for anyone who wants to discreetly undergo treatment and have the freedom to fully remove their trays.
Why Some People Choose Metal Braces over Invisalign™
While they do have a number of great qualities, some people do prefer traditional metal braces over Invisalign. Metal braces can treat a wider array of cases (especially severe misalignment), and some people prefer the fixed-treatment system. With fixed braces, you don’t have to remember to remove or put in your trays, and you don’t have to swap out for a new set every couple weeks. Some people find the lack of maintenance, and the “set-it-and-forget-it” quality, of metal braces to be ideal for their lifestyle. Invisalign is heavily dependent on the cooperation of the patient, and if strict guidelines regarding your treatment are not followed, you may not achieve an ideal result.
Book an Orthodontic ConsultationNo matter which type of treatment you choose, the most important thing is to follow the treatment guidelines that are given to you by Dr. Rothman. She’ll be able to help you determine which type of treatment is best for you and get you on your way to an incredible, confident smile!
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