Modern braces are a lot more appealing than braces of just a few decades ago. Adults and teens have choices when it comes to their orthodontics, and it isn’t a choice between a bad option and a worse option. Today’s braces are convenient, discreet, and efficient. All you need to do is select the right alignment method for you.
How It Feels to Wear Braces
Once braces are on your teeth, they’re not going anywhere for the next year to two years. They are permanently in place so teeth can undergo constant alignment. The brackets and wires will take some getting use to because they can be sharp and jab the gums, cheeks, and lips. This kind of discomfort often warrants frequent visits to your Center City orthodontist to make quick fixes. And you will have to see your dentist regularly for adjustments and tightening and changing of rubber bands.
How It Feels to Wear Invisalign
Once you’re wearing Invisalign, the adjustment will be pretty easy. The aligners are smooth and thin, so they aren’t bulky in your mouth and are nearly impossible to see. There will be some discomfort and soreness as the teeth move, just as with any alignment method. You only need to visit your orthodontist about once every six weeks for a progress check-up and to collect your next several sets of aligners.
The Braces Lifestyle
Wearing braces takes a little adjustment because of the feel of this orthodontic treatment but also because of the appearance. There is clearly something on your teeth. Now, the thing to keep in mind is that braces don’t have to be metal and obvious. There are subtle options that get the same job done – clear or ceramic-colored braces blend in with the teeth so they’re less obvious.
Cleaning your teeth requires a meticulous hand. You’ll need special tools to get in and around the brackets and wires so they stay clean, food and bacteria stay out, and cavities and stains are avoided.
Braces are worn around the clock because they are not removable.
The Invisalign Lifestyle
Not much needs to change when you wear Invisalign for adults (or teens). You don’t have food restrictions so you can continue to eat all your favorite meals and snacks – as long as you remove the aligners first.
Brushing and flossing your teeth will need to happen more often – every time you prepare to put Invisalign back on your teeth.
Your appearance is the biggest deal with Invisalign – how you look doesn’t change at all. The aligners are so discreet you can wear them for photos, presentations, one-on-one meetings, socializing, and beyond.
Invisalign must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day for treatment to be successful.
The Right Braces for You
No matter what kind of orthodontic treatment you undergo, it’s a commitment, no matter how brief or how long your treatment time is estimated to be. You’ll be required to change your habits and stay dedicated to your braces so you can have an effective outcome and positive, long-lasting results.
If you are ready to learn more about all the orthodontic options available to you, make an appointment with Dr. Roberts or Dr. de Marsche, Center City orthodontists and Invisalign providers.