When you visit an orthodontist, this professional will determine if you have mild, moderate or major dental malocclusions. Depending on your type of dental misalignment and the severity of the misalignment, our orthodontist will recommend using braces or aligners to repair your teeth. You might wonder what the differences are when it comes to braces vs. Invisalign®. Our team is here to help you make a decision about your orthodontic treatment.

A Closer Look at Braces

Braces have brackets and wires that will apply pressure against your teeth, but today, the brackets are smaller and the wires are thinner than in the past. Wires and brackets will remain on your teeth for a set amount of time, and you cannot remove the devices. However, our orthodontist will likely need to tighten the wires of the braces routinely to realign your teeth. In some cases, a wire can break or a bracket may dislodge from the surface of a tooth, and you will need to visit our orthodontist right away for a repair.

There are numerous types of braces today, including the traditional metallic devices. However, you can also request ceramic braces that have clear brackets and wires, making the devices almost impossible for others to see. You have numerous options regarding braces.

What are Invisalign® Aligners?

Adults and teenagers with mild and moderate dental malocclusions have another orthodontic option. They can wear aligners that are made using Invisalign® computer software. Invisalign® aligners are made from a durable plastic that will remain clear with the proper cleaning. The aligners are made to fit snugly over your lower and upper teeth. As you switch to a new set of aligners, you will notice that the devices look slightly different. Aligners are made to apply pressure against your teeth, so each set is made in a different way. These differences in fit are what will improve the position of your teeth.

Learn More About Braces vs. Invisalign®

If you need orthodontic treatment, you may be weighing braces vs. Invisalign®. To learn more about each treatment and what it can do for you, book an appointment at Unique Orthodontics. We have various locations in Madera, Tulare, Old Town Clovis, Buchanan and Fresno. Contact us today to book an orthodontic appointment!

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