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Invisalign vs. braces - your Michigan dentist makes a comparison


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Our smile is an important feature, through which most of our communication occurs. Having teeth that are crowded, or spaced too far apart, may lead you to hide the smile that shows others who you are. No one deserves to feel embarrassed about his or her smile. Although orthodontic treatment has long been an option for correcting bite problems and improving the appearance of the smile, many have avoided treatment for their own personal reasons.

Standard orthodontics, though an effective method of straightening teeth, is based on metal wires and brackets. The braces of today have come a long way since early models that were wrapped around teeth. However, there are still factors that lead some to avoid straightening their smile using this method. Although they are low profile, the brackets cemented onto the surface of teeth can cause irritation to the cheeks and tongue, which must be remedied through the application of wax to each bracket.

Fortunately, dentistry has evolved to such a degree that we can now make the comparison of Invisalign vs. Braces, of which our Michigan patients tend to prefer the former. Invisalign, the innovative form of orthodontics using removable aligner trays, has the capability to correct alignment, but also certain bite issues such as overbite, underbite, and crossbite.

For millions of people seeking a etter smile, there really is very little to compare between Invisalign and standard braces. This new form of treatment allows the patient to continue eating all the foods he or she loves, without concern over small pieces getting stuck. Removing aligners also facilitates sustained oral health, as teeth can be brushed and flossed in the normal fashion to eliminate harmful bacteria.

The custom-made aligners worn throughout treatment are strong but clear, so our patients can improve their smiles in the most comfortable and discreet manner. It is imperative that aligners be worn as directed. With standard braces, brackets and wires are always in place. For successful, timely treatment, Invisalign aligners must be in place at all times except for during meals and oral hygiene practices. It is important, just as with metal brackets and wires, to pay close attention to brushing and flossing several times a day, due to the fact that teeth are covered majority of the time.

If you seek to improve your smile by straightening your teeth, Invisalign may be the ideal treatment to accomplish your goals.

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