The goal of traditional braces and Invisalign is to provide you with a straight smile and an aligned bite, and both options work well for these purposes. However, one over the other may be a better choice for you—depending on the type or severity of bite issues and your personal goals for your smile. Your dentist in Madera will help you decide.
How Traditional Braces and Invisalign Are Different
For traditional braces in Madera, your dentist relies on brackets and wires to bring your smile in line across the treatment timetable. You come into the office on schedule, and we adjust the wires and check on your progress. Traditional braces tend to be a better option for younger children. They may also be more suited for complex adult cases.
Invisalign relies on clear aligners for discreet orthodontics. Invisalign creates these aligners after we take impressions of your teeth. You change your aligner approximately every two weeks, and you should wear them for at least 22 hours daily. As you move through the aligners, you’ll notice your teeth straightening across the weeks and months. Invisalign may be a better option for older teens and adults.
In some cases, patients think that their alignment issues are too severe for Invisalign, but this is not always the case. Your dentist will explain everything based on your consultation, and help you choose the best orthodontic option.
It is our goal that your teeth remain in their new straight positions, which is why your dentist provides a custom retainer following treatment. This retainer, if worn according to directions, helps prevent orthodontic relapse.
Are You Ready for Invisalign in Madera or Traditional Braces?
Contact a member of our friendly staff today to schedule your orthodontic consultation or reach out anytime if you have questions about our orthodontics. We look forward to helping you achieve your best smile.