Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Clear or metal braces?

Crooked and crowded teeth are not just bad for cosmetic reasons, they can also cause certain dental problems!

Misaligned teeth cause malocclusions (or "bad bites") which put unnecessary force on teeth. This can lead to cracks, fractures and jaw pain. 

Crowded teeth provide difficult to reach nooks and crannies in between teeth that food will regularly get stuck in. This causes painful and expensive tooth decay. 

Luckily... there are ways to treat these out-of-place teeth.

Welcome to the World of 

Right now there are two types of orthodontic treatments to correct misaligned teeth:

(1) Traditional metal braces
(2) Clear aligners (i.e., Invisalign) 

Metal braces can only be placed on your teeth by a dentist who specializes in orthodontics (an orthodontist). 

Invisalign clear aligners can be placed by a certified and licensed general dentist. (FYI: My office does have an Invisalign certified dentist trained in the best way to align your teeth.) 

The aesthetic answer to crooked teeth!

The benefits over traditional metal braces: 

  • removable 
  • no food restrictions
  • nearly invisible 
  • smooth and comfortable

Sounds like a dream come true for your smile. Just keep in mind that not everyone is a good candidate for Invisalign so call my office to make an Invisalign consultation appointment. 


Check out our website for more information on Invisalign and other dental services. 

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