In this day and age modern technology has improved braces and the treatment options available to you if you are unhappy with your smile! Continue reading below to learn more about the different types of orthodontic treatment options and to consider which may be best for you based on your individual goals and lifestyle!
Types of Orthodontic Treatments
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are attached to the front of the teeth. Wires go through the braces and the little colored elastics hold the wire in place. The advantage of traditional metal braces is that since they are bonded to the teeth, they can’t get lost. You get to choose the colors of the elastics so you can have fun with coordinating with your favorite sports teams, holidays and other special events.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners are another way of straightening your teeth and improving your smile. The advantages of Invisalign aligners are that they are clear, removable and comfortable. This is a great option for patients who are concerned about the appearance of metal braces. Additionally, because they are removable there are no food restrictions!
3D Printed LightForces Braces
3D printed LightForce braces are custom designed for each patient. They are made with a ceramic material so they are clear, though patients can still opt to choose colors if they like to have fun with it. The customization and added precision with 3D printing can make your treatment more efficient!
What To Consider When Reviewing Treatment Options
Below, discover a few different factors to consider when you are deciding which option would be
right for you.
Invisalign is removable, which is a positive for some people but presents a challenge for others because it can get lost. When deciding to do an Invisalign program, you will need to take some responsibility for keeping track of your aligners and switching them on schedule. They need to be worn 20-22 hours a day to be effective. If you are a forgetful type of person, braces may be a better option because they are bonded to your teeth and you don’t risk losing them.
Some patients are concerned about what metal braces would like on their teeth. In those situations, ceramic brackets and Invisalign provide cosmetic alternatives to the metal braces. Other patients, kids and teenagers in particular, appreciate the ability to choose colors with their braces. In those cases, metal braces or LightForce braces are both great treatment options.
During your initial consultation appointment, you will meet with Dr. Tracy or Dr. Jia and they will evaluate your tooth alignment, your bite, your jaw relationship and overall esthetics. Dr. Tracy or Dr. Jia will then provide recommendations regarding which type of treatment would provide the best results based on your specific needs.
Braces and Invisalign Orthodontic Treatments at Lindner Dental
At Lindner Dental Associates, our staff is committed to providing the Bedford, NH community with the highest quality services and care. Our board-certified orthodontists, Dr. Tracy and Dr. Jia, will spend the time to review your concerns and recommend treatment based on your individual goals and lifestyle. Learn more about our orthodontic treatment options and contact our office today for a complimentary consultation at 603-624-3900.