iSmile Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment to our patients. There is much to consider when deciding what form of treatment suits you, your teeth and your lifestyle which is why we want to provide you with a comprehensive overview of our three most common treatment methods. Traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign. Here is an introduction and pro and con list for each treatment style to help you make an informed decision.
Sometimes referred to as train tracks, metal braces are a very common option for those seeking orthodontic treatment. Metal cages are glued onto each individual tooth and a wire connecting them is put in place and routinely tightened. This tightening encourages the teeth to move into the correct alignment according to the treatment plan your orthodontist will have outlined.
Much like their metal cousins, ceramic braces work by fitting a bracket to each tooth and having a training wire running between them. However, the brackets are made from either clear or enamel coloured material and are therefore barely noticeable in your mouth. Just like metal braces, you need to visit your orthodontist every month to get the wires tightened.
The development of Invisalign almost two decades ago revolutionised orthodontic treatment because it gave patients who were self-conscious an alternative. Invisalign works using a series of retainers or trays which are created using 3D x-rays of your teeth. These trays will be changed every couple of weeks to gently move the teeth into place. Your orthodontist will tell you how often to change the trays and give you several sets at a time between appointments.
It is important to consider not only the time you are going to wear your braces but the end result you wish to achieve from your orthodontic treatment. A sacrifice for a year or two should be worth it for your perfect smile. Our experienced orthodontists are happy to recommend the most efficient and practical form of treatment for your mouth. While it is ultimately your decision, impartial and professional advice is always valuable. Make an appointment today to meet with an iSmile orthodontist and begin your orthodontic treatment the way you want.