THE TIME WHEN getting braces meant spending years with a mouth full of metal hooked to bulky headgear is long past, thanks to an alternative like Invisalign. These days, traditional metal wire braces are more streamlined and discreet, but Invisalign has become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment in Gainesville. How can you know if this option is right for you? Here are a few questions you can ask to find out.
Invisalign is an excellent choice for addressing mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including crowding, gaps, and minor bite irregularities. It’s clear, removable aligners offer discreet treatment and are comfortable for everyday wear. However, for more complex cases involving significant misalignments, severe bite problems, or certain structural issues, traditional braces may still be the preferred solution.
Traditional braces provide precise control over tooth movement and can handle more intricate adjustments. Ultimately, the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces depends on the unique nature of your orthodontic needs, and a consultation with the dentist will help determine the best course of action for achieving your desired smile transformation.
Treatment time tends to be about the same as with traditional braces. How long it takes depends much more on what kind of issue is being corrected than what type of orthodontic treatment you’re using. Some problems simply take more time to correct, but no matter what, it’s worth it in the end, and your teeth are in good hands at Lifetime Smiles.
Invisalign is a great option for adults seeking to straighten their smiles. Traditional wire braces aren’t a very appealing prospect for many adults because, culturally, we tend to associate them with teenagers.
However, these aligners are barely noticeable. Adults and teenagers alike don’t have to worry about being a “brace-face.” They also don’t have the same teenage connotation, so adults can wear them without any worries that people might think they look less mature. Your orthodontic treatment can proceed without anyone at work or in your social circle being any the wiser.
The treatment works in stages. You’ll receive a series of custom-designed aligners that you will move through in two-week intervals, and each set will move your teeth closer towards the final goal. Similar to how traditional braces patients come in on a regular basis to have their progress assessed and their braces adjusted, Invisalign patients will receive their next set of aligner trays each time until they’re done. For either type of treatment, it’s important not to miss those appointments!
The aligners offer a potentially shorter treatment duration for certain cases, particularly those involving mild to moderate misalignments. However, it’s important to note that treatment speed can also be influenced by patient compliance — if you’re not wearing your aligners as directed, that will slow down your results, which isn’t as much of a problem with braces.
Anyone who is seriously considering getting orthodontic treatment — Invisalign or traditional wire braces — surely has more than these five questions to ask, but that’s what we’re here for! Simply schedule an initial consultation appointment with us at our most convenient location for you and together we’ll be able to find out if Invisalign is the right option for your treatment plan! You can learn more about our practice by checking our business page, and make sure to get directions before heading our way.