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When to Stick with Traditional Braces

If you have teeth that are misaligned and need to be straightened, deciding on whether to go with traditional braces or something like clear aligners can sometimes be difficult. At other times, traditional braces may be your only option, depending on the severity of your condition. Looking at the advantages and disadvantages of either system can help when it comes to making the right choice.

One thing to keep in mind when thinking about traditional braces is the fact that they are usually much smaller than those that were used in the past. This will take away some of the disadvantages associated with the appearance of them. Their smaller size means that a mouthful of metal is not necessarily the first thing others see when you speak or smile. As a result, individuals often stick with them when they otherwise may have opted for more discreet options.

You may want to stick with traditional braces if you have a desire to have the teeth moved into their proper location as soon as possible. These braces can oftentimes get the job done faster than clear aligners like Invisalign®. While the braces cannot be removed during things like brushing or flossing, the advantage of having them in place for a shorter period of time may outweigh the option of removing them for short periods of time, at least in many people’s minds.

If your teeth are severely misaligned, clear aligners may not be an option at all. There is a limit to how crooked the teeth can be and still be straightened by these devices. The best way to know if you are in this category is to consult with our orthodontist in Dallas. There is no use in trying to guess or figure this one out for yourself. Teeth that are badly twisted may not respond well to aligners. Traditional braces may be the only choice in these situations.

Deciding on when to stick with traditional braces can be difficult in those situations when either system will work. The best thing to do is to seek input from our orthodontist at Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas and make your decision of braces vs. Invisalign® based on what is best for you. What worked for one person may not be in your best interest. Your decision must be based on what gives you the most favorable results. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at one of our Dallas-based offices.