If you are a Fresno resident looking to get orthodontic treatment for yourself or your child, you may be surprised by how much orthodontic treatments have changed over the years. Now, traditional metal braces are not the only option. New products and new technologies are available that make it easier for people to get a functional smile. Some of these products produce stellar results with less time than in the past. An example of a relatively new technology in orthodontic care is Invisalign®.
Invisalign® has removed some of the stigma that was once associated with orthodontic appliances. These aligners have made it easier for adults and teenagers to feel comfortable with their appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment. That being said, there are many benefits to traditional braces as well. There are certain circumstances when traditional braces are the only available option.
How Do Traditional Braces Work?
Traditional braces work by using precision force to correct the position of your teeth. They are used to correct alignment issues, issues with spacing, as well as crookedness. Our orthodontist in Fresno will set a predetermined time when your braces need to be adjusted. This slight tightening or loosening of the braces adjusts the position of your teeth with the goal of creating a smile that is healthier and more attractive. Traditional braces are often recommended for more serious dental issues.
Traditional braces are made of brackets that are adhered to the enamel of your teeth. The brackets are connected to wires and elastic ties designed to secure and tighten the braces. The most common material for traditional braces is metal. However, they are available in other materials as well.
How Do Invisalign® Aligners Work?
With Invisalign®, a series of custom aligners is used to continually move your teeth to the desired location. Invisalign® technology first came on the scene in the late 1990’s. It consists of a plastic aligner that is around a millimeter thick. The aligner is transparent. As long as the aligner is kept clean, it is almost invisible.
Since they are custom-designed to your teeth, Invisalign® aligners sit comfortably over your teeth. They are less invasive than traditional braces. Each aligner forces your teeth to move a little bit with the goal of giving you an attractive smile.
Which Option is Right for You?