There’s more than one way to get a perfect smile. Some people are just born with one. However, those people are rare. Most people need a little bit of help along the way, either in their teenage years or when they’re adults. While sometimes things like veneers and crowns are all that’s needed to have great teeth, at other times, a corrective procedure is required in order to straighten the teeth. At that point, it’ll be time for braces. But there’s more than one type of brace. There’s the traditional type of braces, which are fixed. And then there’s Invisalign, a new type of removable, invisible brace that can give a person straight teeth without some of the downsides of traditional braces.
In this blog, we’re going to run through everything you need to know about these two types of braces.
The Essentials of Invisalign and Traditional Braces
Though the method differs, both Invisalign and traditional braces share the same objective: to straighten teeth, improve the smile, and give the overall health of the teeth a boost. Traditional braces have been around for a long time, but Invisalign is relatively new; they’ve only been around for 15 years or so, but they’re increasingly popular because of the flexibility and the minimal impact on a person’s lifestyle they provide. Whichever you choose, by the end of your treatment, your teeth will look noticeably better than they looked before you began treatment!
How They Work
So now, let’s think about how they both work. Traditional braces use a fixed wire which is incrementally tightened to help straighten the teeth. The wire is held in place by rubber bands. Neither the wire nor the bands are removed during treatment.
Invisalign braces are different. They straighten the teeth through the use of clear, removable aligners. They are custom made, and during your treatment, you’ll wear many different types that gradually straighten the teeth. Once you’ve worn one of the aligners for a period of time, you’ll switch it out for the next aligner in the series.
As we’ve said, traditional braces are fixed, and that can make certain aspects of life more difficult. For instance, there are foods that you’ll need to avoid if you have metal braces, and brushing can be a little tricky. With Invisalign, you won’t have these issues. You will remove the braces for eating or drinking or during periods when it’s not feasible to wear them. This allows for greater fluidity of life since you don’t have to wear them all the time.
If you’re in Silver Spring, Maryland, and you’re ready for Invisalign braces, or any other type of cosmetic dentistry service, then be sure to get in touch with us here at Cummins Dental Group. We can provide an Invisalign service from beginning to end, which will ultimately ensure that you love your smile! You can book an appointment with us by clicking the ‘Schedule Online Now’ button at the top of this page, or you can give us a call at (301) 681-9111.