You may know of both traditional metal braces and Invisalign as orthodontic options to straighten your teeth. But do you know the mechanical differences between the two? The obvious differences are the aesthetics of the devices, with metal braces being much more noticeable than the nearly unnoticeable Invisalign. However, there are other differences! Dr. Kimball, our experienced orthodontist in Laguna Niguel explains these distinctions below.
How Traditional Braces Work
Traditional metal braces consist of brackets that are glued to the teeth and a wire that is threaded through the brackets. The wire is gradually tightened to straighten the teeth over time. This method is very effective and can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years to straighten your teeth. This method also has more moving parts that can break. Traditional braces also limit what you can eat, like crunchy, sticky, and hard foods.
How Invisalign Trays Work
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays given at intervals to straighten your teeth. Dr. Kimball of Kimball Orthodontics will give you new trays every 1-2 weeks that gradually shift your teeth into your perfect smile. The timeline for your specific treatment will depend on Dr. Kimball’s advice during your consultation but generally, treatment lasts between 12 and 18 months.
Benefits of Traditional Braces
While there are highly advanced orthodontic treatments that give you faster treatment, nearly invisible treatment, and maintenance-free treatment, there is a reason that traditional metal braces are still around. Their process for aligning your smile and your bite is still incredibly effective. Traditional metal braces today are made from stronger materials and use a more effective adhesive. The end result is fewer broken brackets or bands that might otherwise extend the length of your treatment. When discreet treatment isn’t a necessity, traditional metal braces are still a highly-reliable and sometimes preferable treatment option for straightening teeth.
Benefits of Invisalign
Invisalign treatment is incredibly discreet. The clear plastic trays are nearly invisible and preserve your confidence. Additionally, treatment with Invisalign can be quicker than traditional braces, getting you to your ideal smile faster. On top of that, you can remove the trays throughout the day so you can continue to eat your favorite foods without worrying about breaking brackets or wires. The ability to take out the aligners also makes it much easier to brush and floss your teeth, avoiding cavities and tooth decay during the course of your treatment.
Call Our Orthodontist in Laguna Niguel Today To Learn More About Braces and Invisalign!
Are you ready to take the first step towards a healthy smile? Learn more about treatment options so you can make the best decision. Contact our friendly team at our Laguna Beach office at 949-409-8624 or our Laguna Niguel office at 949-409-8734 for more information or to schedule a consultation today. We can’t wait to help you achieve your best smile!