In our last post, we discussed different types of orthodontics specifically geared toward adults and working professionals. Did you know that crooked, gapped, or protruding teeth can harm your smile in more ways than one. Although metal braces are the most conventional option for straightening a crooked smile, Invisalign clear aligners, with their shorter average treatment time and discreet appearance might be just the right solution for you.

Invisalign: Removable, Discreet, Convenient

Patients with mild-to-moderate spacing issues and certain bite problems (like an overbite, underbite, or cross-bite) have another option: Invisalign. Instead of metal brackets and wire that are attached to the teeth, Invisalign utilizes a series of clear, plastic aligners (similar in shape to whitening trays) to gently move your teeth into alignment. You wear each aligner for at least 22 hours every day and you can even take the aligners off to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Invisalign therapy can often be completed in about 12 months, although failing to wear your aligners correctly can result in a prolonged treatment time.

Advantages of Invisalign

Adults and even teens can feel confident even while undergoing orthodontic treatment with Invisalign, thanks to the nearly invisible design. Other advantages of Invisalign include:

  • When worn correctly, treatment times can be as short as 12 months or less.
  • You can still eat a normal diet and not give up favorites like popcorn, apples, and nuts.
  • Flossing and brushing your teeth continues as normal, so your teeth and gums stay healthier.

Metal Braces: The Best Solution for Serious Orthodontic Issues

Although Invisalign is a great solution for some patients, fixed metal braces consisting of a bracket and wires are still the best option for certain patients. Even as the field of orthodontics has grown, traditional braces have the major advantage of being able to correct even severe misalignment and bite issues. A skilled orthodontist can even use clear brackets or tooth-colored brackets to minimize the “metal mouth” appearance of traditional braces. The average treatment time for this type of braces is about 24 months, and you’ll have to visit your dentist about once every month to have the wires tightened.

Visit your Temecula Dentists

Straight teeth are an essential part of a beautiful smile. Learn more about how our advanced orthodontics can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. At The Oasis Family Dental, we are committed to keeping you informed about the latest discoveries and innovations in dentistry. Contact our 92591 dental office at (951) 695-2290 to schedule an appointment with one of Temecula dentists today.