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Metal Braces Vs. Clear Aligners, What Option is Best for Me?
When your teeth are crooked, it can impact more than just your smile. Crooked teeth also impact your oral health and your quality of life. Biting and chewing become difficult and your digestion suffers. Your teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing your risk for oral health issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Crooked teeth can even lead to pain in your jaw, temporomandibular joints, your neck, and your back. At Dr. Tim Dumore & Team, we can help with metal braces as well as Clear Aligners.
clear plastic aligners. These aligners, which are made from impressions of your mouth, are much more discreet than metal braces. Most people will not even be able to tell that you are wearing them. In addition to being clear, they are also removable. However, they should only be removed to eat and to brush your teeth. For the best results, it is recommended that the aligners stay in your mouth for 20 to 22 hours each day. There are many benefits of Clear Aligners, including reduced wear time and almost unnoticeable.
With Clear Aligners, you use several sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time. Every set is a little different than the one before it, aiding in the gradual movement of your teeth. Typically, depending upon the length of your treatment, you may go through anywhere from 18 to 30 different sets.
Which Option is Best?To determine the best orthodontic treatment for you, an exam is needed. We will assess the extent of your situation and discuss your goals. Clear Aligners is a great option for those who want straighter teeth but who do not want to deal with a shiny metal smile. However, Clear Aligners cannot be used to treat more serious orthodontic issues. In some cases, it may be possible to begin your treatment with metal braces and complete it using Clear Aligners, shortening the time you spend in metal braces. We can help to figure out the best treatment for you that will provide you with the best results.
Braces and Clear Aligners are two very effective ways to correct the alignment of your teeth. To learn more about your options, and find out which one is best for you, call Dr. Tim Dumore & Team today at 204-809-6026.