Few people are lucky enough to be born with perfectly straight teeth. Fortunately, there are orthodontic treatments to straighten your teeth or your child’s. Now that you are considering the different options, you probably have a few questions:
Ultimately, you want to choose the treatment that will be the best option for your teeth, and one that will harmonize with your lifestyle. In this blog post we will answer these questions for you.
First, let’s start with some definitions.
Clear dental braces are made from a translucent ceramic material and are practically invisible. The see through braces work exactly the same as metal braces, but have an appeal for different people because they’re more discreet.
Clear braces can correct the most complicated dental issues, and will produce a beautiful smile for you. Who doesn’t love seeing an incredible before and after photo?
Metal braces are the most common type of dental braces. They’re made with medical grade stainless steel and are small and comfortable. Metal braces allow you to choose many different colours of elastics to wrap around the braces.
They work the exact same way as clear braces, except with the metal ones, they’re a bit more colourful.
For those looking to straighten the teeth without having flashy braces, there are aligners. Aligners are clear sets of medical grade trays that are worn in sequence to gradually shift the teeth into their proper position. Aligners look like classic retainers and work best when worn 20 to 22 hours a day and removed only for eating, brushing and flossing. We use the Invisalign system exclusively at our office.
The aligners are custom made for your teeth. Over the course of treatment, you’re supplied with a series of sequentially designed aligners. Each tray is different and approximately every two weeks you move onto the next tray.
Aligners move the teeth through controlled forces - Dr. Scramstad prescribes the forces level and the timing of its application. During each stage, only certain teeth are allowed to move.
The length of treatment depends on the teeth and can be determined by Dr. Scramstad. The average case takes about 1 to 1.5 years for adults and varies for teenagers, depending on the severity of the case.
Aligners and braces are similar in that they both have the same mission of straightening teeth. While similar, there are big differences between them.
Aligners are transparent
Aligners allow you to go through treatment without anyone knowing.
Braces can’t be removed
A big difference between the two treatments is that aligners can be removed, while braces stay on 24/7. Aligners have the ability to be removed throughout the day. This allows you to be able to eat different foods without any limitations. It also allows proper brushing and flossing throughout the treatment process.
While aligners can be removed, it takes a certain level of discipline, unlike clear and metal braces. Since braces are attached to the teeth throughout the entire treatment, you don’t have to worry about them.
Even though aligners are removable, you’re supposed to wear them for 20-22 hours a day. Those who won’t wear their aligners consistently will not see the results they’re hoping for.
It’s not a “one size fits all” type of situation when it comes to braces and aligners. A consultation with Dr. Scramstad will help determine what type of treatment is best for you. All treatments will vary in cost. As with any medical treatment, the provider will determine the cost based on your specific needs.
It’s never too late to enjoy a healthy, straight smile. Align Ortho is committed to making your smile shine bright. Book your complimentary consultation at Align Ortho today and we will let you know what option is best suited for you.