If you’ve been thinking about straightening your smile, it can feel a bit intimidating. Once you’ve decided you actually want to go through with getting braces, then you have to choose which type of braces you’re going to wear. How can you make the process an easier one? Here’s what you need to know:
If You’re Going for Maximum Aesthetics
Are you concerned with whether or not other people are going to see something on your teeth when you smile? Do you want to avoid having metal braces or even wires? Options like Invisalign use clear, removable aligners that aren’t noticeable when you’re talking or smiling around other people.
But, don’t let that fool you. Even regular braces and fast “ortho” options like Six Month Smiles now offer a cosmetic alternative. Instead of using metal brackets and wires, you can opt for tooth colored appliances that blend in more efficiently with the natural color of your teeth. In everyday conversations at work or the grocery store, the person you’re speaking with may not even realize you’re in braces at all.
If You Want Less Time in Your Braces
Let’s say all you want to do is straighten the teeth in the front of your mouth. Your back teeth are okay, but you want to correct the way the front of your smile looks in as short of a time as possible. If that’s the case, some of our patients are able to enjoy straighter looking smiles in as quickly as three to six months with our Six Month Smiles option.
The overall length of your treatment will depend on what we’re trying to achieve and the extent of bite discrepancy that you have. Surprisingly, some people are able to complete treatment with Invisalign or comprehensive braces in as quickly as 12 months, while others may take 18 to 24 months to complete.
If You Need a Comprehensive Approach
Traditional braces have long been a great option for people with moderate to more severe tooth misalignment concerns. Even if you have a slight tooth rotation, traditional ortho is perfect for tweaking your overall bite in an efficient manner. The precise movement options make it easier to turn twisted teeth, close gaps, or address those most troublesome bite discrepancies.
In turn, Invisalign has taken on many new developments in technology, which makes it possible to correct more moderate to severe cases than in the past. A treatment that used to be reserved for more minor tooth movement, Invisalign is quickly becoming the treatment of choice for adults with lengthier treatment plans.
If You’re Looking for a Budget Friendly Option
You might be surprised to know that there isn’t that big of a price difference between traditional braces and Invisalign. But, if you’re going for a fast treatment for aesthetics, Six Month Smiles is about half the cost of more comprehensive treatment methods. However, they’re strictly for cosmetic purposes and not overall bite correction.