Are you considering braces? You’re in luck – we offer both Invisalign and traditional braces as part of our excellent Dental Orthodontics services in Aspen. You may be wondering what the difference is between the two. Both are excellent options for straightening teeth, but they have some key differences.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system that uses removable trays to straighten teeth over time gently. Braces are metal brackets bonded to your teeth and use wires to gradually move them into the desired position.
What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry concerned with preventing and correcting dental and facial irregularities. Orthodontic treatment can improve your teeth’ appearance, alignment, and function.
Which Orthodontics Dental Option is Right for You?
Both Invisalign and braces are effective options for straightening teeth or correcting bite issues, but they differ in several key ways. Invisalign offers a more discreet opportunity, as it is clear and removable. Braces are less expensive and can be faster, but they are more visible.
If you’re looking for a discreet option with little interference in your daily life, Invisalign is probably right for you. Braces may be a better option if you don’t mind having something on your teeth that others will see.
What is the Invisalign Process?
The Invisalign process begins with a consultation with your orthodontist to see if you’re a good candidate for Invisalign. If you are, impressions or x-rays of your teeth will be taken and sent to Invisalign. Invisalign will create a series of clear, custom-made aligners that you will wear over your teeth. Your teeth will gradually shift into their desired position as you move from aligner to aligner.
The entire process usually takes about 12-18 months, though this can vary depending on the individual.
What is the Braces Process?
The braces process also begins with a consultation with your orthodontist. During this consultation, your orthodontist will assess your teeth and decide if braces are the proper treatment for you.
You will return to the orthodontist to have them gently placed on your teeth. After they are placed, you will return for periodic adjustment appointments. These appointments will gradually adjust the position of your teeth until they are in their desired location.
The entire process usually takes about 12-24 months, though this can vary depending on the individual.
How to Know if You Need Dental Orthodontics
If your teeth are crooked or misaligned, you may benefit from orthodontic treatment. Other signs that you may need orthodontics include:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Mouth breathing
- Frequent biting of the cheek or roof of the mouth
- Finger sucking or thumb sucking beyond the age of five
- Crowded teeth
- Teeth that are spaced too far apart
- Jaw pain or pain with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
- Breathing through the mouth
If you are concerned about the alignment of your teeth, we recommend that you consult with Dr. Jeremy Lowell or Dr. Ian Lowell. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment.
The Cost of Dental Orthodontics at Aspen Smile
The cost of orthodontic treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the type of orthodontic treatment recommended for you. At Aspen Smile Dentistry, we will provide up-front pricing estimates to help you decide on the best treatment course for your dental issues and your budget.
Get Started on Orthodontic Treatment in Aspen, CO
No matter which option you choose, you can ensure that our orthodontists will provide you with the best possible care. We want to help you achieve a beautiful smile that will last a lifetime.
Please schedule an appointment to get started with orthodontics at Aspen Smile Dentistry. With Invisalign or braces, you can enjoy a straighter smile and improved oral health.