Setting Things Straight: Braces or Invisalign?

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Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered how your appearance would be different with straightened teeth? If you have, you are not alone. Millions of people have found the answer to that question by seeking help from an orthodontist. Here at Thompson Dental Care, we are dedicated to giving the best option to our patients.

There are different treatments for you to consider. Traditional braces consist of small brackets attached to the teeth and small wires which are carefully tightened regularly to straighten the teeth and to correct the bite gradually. They provide treatment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Braces are more comfortable to wear than ever, using newer materials that apply gentle pressure and require fewer adjustments in-office.

While wearing braces, patients are advised to follow certain eating restrictions. It is best to avoid biting directly into apples or corn on the cob, chewing gum, popcorn or sticky foods. Proper dental care is especially important while wearing braces to avoid a border of plaque build-up around the brackets.

By way of comparison, Invisalign aligners are made of proprietary, multilayer SmartTrack® material. They are clear and can be worn comfortably over your teeth. The aligners gently move or rotate your teeth as needed: up, down or back.

Typically, patients receive new aligners weekly which will move the teeth into position. Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed easily for eating and brushing. Many patients end up wearing their aligners for about 22 hours per day for best results.

Braces treatments and Invisalign treatments alike may be followed up with the use of a retainer. A retainer is worn to maintain the proper position of your newly straightened teeth. The alignment of your teeth and jaw will be assessed so that you can see a personalized orthodontia treatment plan.

Call Thompson Dental Care at 585-638-5435 to schedule a consultation with our orthodontist today to see for yourself having a beautiful smile is within your reach.