BurbachLiving life with crooked teeth is more of an issue than it really should be. Growing up, you get teased and dating seems almost impossible, making it a tough road to travel when compounded with the typical growing pains. As an adult, having crooked teeth still may not be as traumatizing as the adolescent years, but there is still a stigma. However, after dealing with said teeth for so long, fixing them at this juncture is more of a cosmetic choice over a necessity. No matter who is in need of a perfect set of pearly whites, there are a few options on the market you can go with. But which is the better choice to fix those your crooked teeth, tried-and-true braces or the inconspicuous Invisalign?

The first, and most obvious option, is to go with traditional braces. They have the most history of success, are affordable, and seem to be somewhat of a rite of passage for a teenager. And while they were typically silver metal back in the day, they can now come in a ceramic that makes them a whole lot less noticeable. Or choose from a variety of colors to create a custom look. On the downside, you still have to get them tightened every month or so and if the wires break, it pretty painful. But you can be guaranteed a gorgeous smile as a result.

Since 1998, there has been an aesthetic alternative to the typical tooth-straightening option. Invisalign are transparent tooth aligners that have taken the orthodontic world by storm. The idea is that this system can now straighten your teeth without wires and glued brackets, which sounds like a miracle. Clear, removable and the treatment time is generally a third of what wearing traditional braces would be. The downside to this is that they are more expensive and it takes a lot more discipline to maintain the strict regimen of wearing the aligners 22 hours/day and the additional steps it takes to clean the system’s trays.

So, which do you choose? Well, it honestly depends on your personal situation. An orthodontic consultation is definitely in order and a treatment program will be based on those results. Because despite what you may hope, not all cases are suitable for either option. While they are fantastic at what they do, the Invisalign system is perfect for minimal to medium dental issues but does not work as well for major ones. Patients with bridgework, certain bite issues or rotational needs won’t be proper candidates for this system, but ideal for the traditional version. Alternatively, traditional braces are not ideal for those that lead a rough and tumble life or have a job that doesn’t allow regular braces. In that instance, you may want to consider the Invisalign system or lingual braces (braces attached to the insides of your teeth) to straighten things out.

Any of these options are sure to help correct your oral issues. It just depends on the advice of your orthodontist. And it will take a while for them to fix the problem, but rest assured the process will only be temporary. Soon you will have nothing but the prettiest smile on the block, and that’s enough to make anyone smile, right?

If you would like to learn more about tooth-straightening options, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.

Kemmet Dental Design proudly serves Minot and all surrounding areas.

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