March 13, 2017
Everyone wants a smile that’s straight and aligned. It looks great, and it’s healthier for your teeth and gums. That why you need to call Dr. Ki today at 703-552-2530 and schedule your first appointment for orthodontic treatment.
At our Fairfax, VA dental office, you can get traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners. But which one is better for you?
Why Having Straight Teeth Matters
Most people want orthodontic treatment because a smile full of crooked teeth does not look good. That’s a smart reason, because it’s much more than just a cosmetic issue.
When your teeth look good, you feel better about yourself. It’s like the difference between wearing an old T-shirt to a wedding or a proper suit or dress. The former will make you feel self-conscious and a little embarrassed, while the latter helps you feel confident and strong. Using orthodontics to straighten your smile will help improve your self-esteem.
Straight, aligned smiles are more than just about building your confidence. There are some important health benefits to getting orthodontic treatment.
- If your jaw is misaligned, you are at risk of developing jaw pain, migraines, and TMJ disorder.
- Food can get stuck more easily in a crooked smile, increasing your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
- Your teeth can touch the wrong way when you bite down, creating irregular worn spots on the enamel.
That’s why you need to call us today at 703-552-2530. Dr. Ki is highly skilled at using traditional braces and Invisalign to realign your teeth and jaw. You’ll start with a thorough dental exam to see how much work needs to be done. Then you’ll talk with Dr. Ki to see how best to proceed.
That normally comes down to a big choice: traditional metal braces or Invisalign clear aligners.
Traditional Metal Braces
When you think of orthodontic treatment, you probably think of braces. That’s because these have been used for many years. Traditional braces use metal brackets that are cemented to the front of your teeth. A metal wire runs through all the brackets on the top or bottom of your mouth.
To reposition your teeth and jaw, Dr. Ki will selectively tighten that wire. This gently pulls your teeth to where they belong. Every so often, you’ll visit our Fairfax, VA dental office to have the wire tightened again. This is how you get straight, aligned teeth.
Traditional metal braces are more affordable, and they’re great when you have severe orthodontic issues. However, metal and wire on your teeth is very noticeable. That can be a big downside for some people. In addition, you will have some eating restrictions and have to be very careful. Getting hit in the mouth while playing sports can really cause damage.
The Invisalign Difference
While traditional braces certainly work well at repositioning your teeth, there are downsides. That’s why Dr. Ki is trained to help improve your smile with Invisalign.
This modern orthodontic system avoid metal or wires. Instead, it uses clear, smooth plastic. Invisalign is a series of trays similar to mouthguards, only smaller and thinner. They fit over your teeth. Each tray is shaped just a little differently. By wearing them in succession, they gently guide your teeth and jaw to their right position.
There are other benefits to Invisalign:
- Because they’re made from clear plastic, they are almost impossible to detect when worn. If you’re worried about being embarrassed wearing orthodontics, this solves that problem.
- Traditional braces can take 2-3 years before they are done. Invisalign is often complete within one year.
- There are no eating restrictions with Invisalign because you can take out the trays before eating, brush, and put them back in.
That said, Invisalign is less affordable than traditional metal braces. Plus, it may not be as effective if you have severely crooked teeth.
Which Is Best For You?
Both traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners will give you the straight, aligned smile you need. In other words, there isn’t a bad decision here.
If you want an orthodontic treatment that’s almost impossible to see, then go with Invisalign. If you want the more affordable orthodontic treatment, go with traditional braces.
Call us TODAY at 703-552-2530 and make an appointment with Dr. Laura Ki. You can also request an appointment online. After your initial dental exam and consultation, Dr. Ki will help you determine which will be best for your smile.