Crooked, unaligned, unevenly spaced teeth can put a damper on someone’s life. Self esteem and confidence can go right out of the window and much of your day can be spent feeling like a giant blinking sign is ordering people to stare at your teeth. Often this isn’t this case but wouldn’t it be great if you could just smile with confidence and not have to worry about it? Braces and Invisalign are a great solution.
Aside from personal hangups, if crooked teeth are left untreated can lead to oral health problems. The misalignment of teeth places stress on the teeth and jaws that the mouth wasn’t designed for.
Common types of misalignments include:
- deep bite
- open bite
- cross bite
- edge to edge bite
- excessive overbite
Unnatural stress and pressure leads to premature wear, causing chipping and notching of the gum line. Incorrectly biting down to over correct can lead to painful jaw pain that turn into earaches and headaches. Crooked teeth can also affect periodontal health because it is difficult to perform plaque removal from crowded area in the oral cavity. Bacteria that is not properly removed will multiply and trigger periodontal disease.
Braces or Invisalign?
Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Customers first began using Invisalign in 2000, so this treatment does not yet have the same history as braces.
Braces consist of metal brackets being glued to your teeth, and tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Nowadays, you can get brackets to more closely match your enamel color (making them more discrete), or you can get them in color to make a fashion statement with your mouth!
Invisalign, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible. Aligner trays made of smooth, comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic are worn over your teeth to subtly and gently move your teeth. Your specialist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3-D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly.
What will work best for you?
|Braces (irremovable)||vs||Invisalign (removable)|
|Metal-typically silver; can pay extra for color or enamel color||Color||Clear/invisible|
|24/7 for an average of 2 years, depending on patient needs||Treatment time||22-24 hrs/day for 6 to 18 months, depending on patient needs|
|$1,800-$5,500||Cost||Average of $5,000|
|Brush brackets and wires regularly while brushing teeth; water pick may be helpful.||Maintenance||Invisalign Cleaning system, or brushing and rinsing trays in luke warm water|
|About every month||Follow up visits||Change aligner trays every 2 weeks; visits every 4 to 6 weeks|
|Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night||Follow up to treatment||Positioner or retainer likely needed ongoing, maybe only at night|
|Patients playing rough contact sports regularly||NOT ideal for||
If you have any other questions or want to see what your options are come in to Dr. Chauvin’s office today!