When you need to correct misalignment you actually have a few options. For example, you can wear traditional metal braces to address minor to severe misalignment, or wear a series of clear aligners with Invisalign. Which one will best correct your smile? Do you need Invisalign or braces?

Invisalign Clear Braces

How does this option differ from traditional orthodontics? First, you will wear a removable series of clear aligners. Made from BPA-free plastic, they are comfortable and practically invisible when worn. You can remove them prior to meals or when brushing/flossing. However, they need to be worn a minimum of 20-23 hours everyday. About every two weeks you will upgrade to a new set as your teeth are repositioned over the period of about a year. Teen patients may require about 18 months. We typically recommend this option for patients over the age of 16 who have more minor alignment problems.

Regular Braces

If you have severe malocclusion a doctor may suggest regular braces. They use metal brackets placed on the front of the teeth, which are connected to an arch wire with an elastic O-ring. The doctor adjusts the tension over time, repositioning the teeth. This option works great for both teens and adults and mild to severe misalignment. Total treatment time takes about 18 months to two years, depending on the patient’s level of misalignment.

How Do I Choose?

Which one will best work for you? First, the doctor will need to examine your teeth using digital x-rays, assessing the cause of your misalignment and the severity. From there, we will meet with you to discuss your smile goals. We can then decide which option best addresses your smile. If you have any questions about Invisalign or want to schedule a consultation, please contact our office today.

ABOUT YOUR WACO, TX, DENTIST:

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Corbet C. Locke, DDS, contact our Waco, TX, dental office today by calling 254-776-4888. Our office welcomes patients in and around Waco, TX, including Hewitt, McGregor, Woodway, and the surrounding Central Texas communities.