July 24, 2016
The diamond industry likes to promote the four Cs to help buyers find the right gem for the one that they love. Maybe modern dentists should be discussing the three Cs when we talk about straightening teeth.
If you have crooked teeth, then you may have dreamed of fixing your smile. You’ve seen how straight celebrities’ teeth are in magazine photos and on the big and small screens. You’ve also noticed that your classmates and coworkers who have great smiles usually have straight teeth, too.
You are fortunate to live at a time when you have a variety of options to move your teeth and change the smile that you see in the mirror.
Braces are the traditional choice, but you before you make that commitment, visit Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC. Our dentist office offers Invisalign as an alternative. When you consider the three C’s, you may have a better idea of which option is better for you.
✦ 1. Clarity
Orthodontic treatment is almost a rite of passage for teenagers in many American families. With that said, it’s also become more common for adults to have their teeth straightened, too.
Whether you are getting ready for a classroom exam or a boardroom meeting, you deserve to have a smile that shows how happy you are and that you are happy to share.
Braces and Invisalign can both help you achieve that goal. The way they work is quite different, however.
Braces use a system of brackets and wires to push and pull your teeth. The brackets are glued onto your teeth for the duration of your treatment, which typically takes about two years to complete.
Some braces also use small rubber bands, called elastics or ligatures, that assist your braces in moving your teeth.
Metal braces are impossible to hide. When you have metal brackets on each of your teeth and wires between then, you just have to accept that as you new look until you are finished.
Ceramic braces have brackets that more closely match the color of your teeth, which makes them a little more discreet. Nevertheless, people will know that you have something extra in your smile.
Invisalign does away with brackets and wires. Instead, you will receive a set of clear, plastic aligners to wear. The first aligner will push your teeth a little bit, and each subsequent aligner will push them a little more.
The aligners are transparent, which makes them practically invisible when you are wearing them. This may help you feel more at ease when the aligners are on your teeth.
Many patients are able to complete their treatment in about a year with Invisalign, which may why some people call them “clear braces.”
✦ 2. Comfort
Let’s get to it. Braces can be uncomfortable.
It will take you some time to get used to having them on your teeth when you first receive your braces. You also will feel the changes whenever you return to the dentist’s office to have your braces adjusted.
And that’s assuming everything is going according to the treatment plan.
A few patients, not all, may find the brackets feel scratchy against the soft tissues inside their mouths. Plus, accidents happen. An injury to your mouth could cause a bracket to come loose or a wire to break. That broken wire could stick or scratch the softer tissues of your gums, lips, or cheeks.
You could avoid all of those concerns with aligners made of smooth plastic. Adjusting your aligners amounts to replacing your old aligner with a new one every two weeks or so.
Since the aligners are made with a single piece of material, you won’t have to be concerned about small parts breaking and poking the inside of your mouth.
✦ 3. Convenience
We’ve already mentioned one way that Invisalign is more convenient than braces. Invisalign treatment takes about half the time of an average treatment with braces.
For some people, that may be enough to go with Invisalign, but it’s not the only way Invisalign is more convenient.
You can’t remove your braces. Since you don’t want them to come loose, you will need to avoid eating certain foods. Crunchy, hard, and chewy foods can get stuck or cause, bend or break your wires, or cause your brackets to come loose.
Invisalign aligners should be worn most of the time, however, you can remove them when you sit down for a meal. You will still be able to enjoy all your favorite foods. Plus you will be able to brush and floss your teeth without needing any special tools like you might with braces.
Make The Right Call For You
Before you settle on an orthodontic treatment, visit Laura Y. Ki, DDS, PC, to find out if Invisalign could help you. Call us at 703-552-2530, or use our online form to schedule a consultation at our dentist office in Fairfax, Va.
Your appointment could be the first step in creating your new smile.