Understanding the Differences Between Braces and Invisalign®

The field of orthodontics has changed significantly over the last few decades. Today, patients have more choices than ever before! In fact, seeking out options for orthodontic treatment can be a bit overwhelming. Dr. Knight provides comprehensive care for his patients in Louisville, KY, and Radcliff, KY, and believes there are many factors to consider when beginning corrective therapy. By assessing your specific situation, Dr. Knight can help you decide which treatment option will work best for you.

The top priority for most orthodontic patients is attaining a beautiful smile. In addition to great aesthetics, certain methods can provide overall improvement of dental health and function. One of the most common inquiries patients have is whether they should choose traditional braces or Invisalign®. Our team at Knight Orthodontics is here to help you answer that question.

All About Braces

Fabricated from surgical steel and comprised of bands, brackets, and wires, metal braces have been a mainstay in the field of orthodontics for decades. The brackets are carefully bonded to each tooth, and an archwire is attached. Traditional braces gradually move the teeth into their desired positions using constant, gentle pressure, and heed efficient results. In addition to straightening teeth, braces correct bite problems, providing optimal function.

For patients who want braces but prefer a more aesthetically-pleasing appearance, ceramic braces are a wonderful option. The mechanics work the same, but ceramic braces provide the option of clear or tooth-colored brackets. Even the wires are frosted white, so they blend in with your natural teeth. Ceramic braces are a popular option for teens and adults.

The Invisalign® Alternative

Many patients love the convenience and simplicity of Invisalign®. This system consists of a series of custom, clear plastic trays which are worn over the teeth, much like a retainer. As the teeth continue to move, the trays are switched out approximately every two weeks. Since the trays are nearly invisible, patients enjoy a more aesthetic appearance while undergoing treatment. In fact, the clear aligners are virtually undetectable to others. Because Invisalign® trays are removable, there are no dietary restrictions. Patients can also brush and floss with ease. It is important, however, to be consistent in wearing the trays. Compliance is the best way to complete any orthodontic treatment in a timely manner!

Invisalign® is great for patients who need simple adjustments to their smile. It must be noted this method of treatment does not address problems with the bite. Therefore, the primary objective is aesthetics rather than function or health.

Choosing Comprehensive Care

Understanding what orthodontics can offer is the best way to determine your goals. If your sole objective is straight teeth, then Invisalign® may be the solution for you. However, if you are striving for beauty, health, and function, you may be better suited for traditional braces.

Dr. Knight practices three levels of orthodontics, which is the most comprehensive approach available. Straightening teeth results in a beautiful smile. However, by addressing teeth alignment, occlusion (your bite), and jaw position, the result is beauty, function, and health. A comprehensive approach helps you invest in your long-term health, and protect your beautiful new smile.

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