Your smile is your calling card to the world. It can open doors and lead you to new opportunities. If you have orthodontic concerns, it can be hard to flash those pearly whites. Whether you are a teen or an adult, it is never too late to correct problems with your teeth. Crowding, too much space, overbites, and underbites are only a few of the issues that can make you want to hide your smile.
With advances in orthodontics, you will find that your choices are wide open when it comes to treatment. You have choices, and your orthodontist is here to help you make this important decision. Weigh your options and decide if braces or Invisalign are the answer.
Are Braces Right For You?
Braces are still a popular alternative for orthodontic treatment, but they have come a long way. Gone are the days when you only had metal brackets and wires to choose from when it was time to straighten your teeth. Now you have options. You could go with ceramic brackets, where your brackets could be clear. You could also wear your braces on the back of your teeth so that they are invisible. Colorful brackets and bands are other alternatives. With the help of your orthodontist, your braces can be tailored to meet your preferences. Discuss your choices and ask about different directions that you can go, besides the traditional brackets and wires.
What about Invisalign?
Invisalign has become a favorite alternative in the world of orthodontics. They involve wearing clear aligners that are made of a medical-grade plastic. One of the benefits is no irritation in your mouth that is common with traditional braces. The aligners are changed every two weeks and gradually shift your teeth into the proper position. You can remove them during special functions, sporting events, and for oral hygiene. They must be worn at least 22 hours a day for the best results. No one will notice when you are wearing your Invisalign aligners, which is one of the biggest advantages for many patients.
Which is the Best Option for You?
In the end, we at Ragan Orthodontics will be able to tell you which kind of treatment is best for you. When you make an appointment with Dr. Ragan, you will be given a thorough evaluation and will be able to discuss your goals for your teeth. Dr. Ragan will be able to share all of your alternatives. Depending on your personal situation, traditional braces may be the best solution. Your lifestyle is another consideration, which may make Invisalign the most attractive alternative, especially if you are involved in public speaking on a regular basis.
Contact us to set up a consultation and discuss your path to orthodontic treatment. You will be in in good hands as we work together to take care of your teeth. Bring your teeth into proper alignment and you will be able to enjoy many benefits, including more attractive teeth, a reduced risk of developing a TMJ disorder, and a healthier mouth.