Metal braces appear complex and indestructible. Taking up all of that room in your mouth, pulling and pushing your jaw and your teeth in different directions, it’s no wonder traditional braces haven’t changed very much over the years. They do work. When you see a treatment such as Invisalign, it’s easy to assume that these clear, delicate looking alignment trays couldn’t possibly get the same job done as traditional orthodontics. Perhaps they’d work for minor orthodontic needs, but nothing compared to real braces. The Riverside dentists at Riverside Dental Group will compare Invisalign to other orthodontic options.

DisadvantagesTraditional Braces

Have tin grins ever really been “in?” Not so much, but there are certainly many people who have dealt with them.  Anyone who has worn cumbersome metal orthodontics can attest to the drawbacks of bulky brackets and wires. Among them:

  • Uncomfortable
  • Excessive and uneven plaque buildup
  • Discoloration
  • Mouth sores
  • Trouble flossing
  • Soreness when tightened
  • Too many appointments
  • Embarrassing when food gets caught in brackets
  • Unattractive in pictures

On the other hand, Invisalign works just as well for many orthodontic issues without those disadvantages. The pricing is comparable and the alignment trays are comfortable and invisible. The treatment time is generally parallel. And you can even take the alignment trays out when you eat, brush, and floss.

What About Dental Veneers?

Porcelain veneers have the potential to perfect dental flaws by covering over chips, cracks, breaks, and fractures completely. However, the results will not last as long as any orthodontic option, most likely. Even more importantly, if your teeth are extremely overcrowded, overlapped, close together, or difficult to clean because of crookedness, you are better off to straighten your smile rather than just covering teeth up. Having a straight and evenly spaced smile will ensure the ability to keep your teeth clean and healthy, thereby avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.

Orthodontic Options from Riverside Dentists

If you have any questions about orthodontic services, your Riverside dentists would be happy to see you for a consultation. We offer comprehensive dentistry for the whole family. If you are due for a dental checkup or cleaning, or you have any concerns, contact our 92506 dentist office at (951) 369-1001. We serve patients throughout Riverside County.