Aligners Vs. Braces - Which Is the Best Option?
At Dougherty Orthodontics, we offer several orthodontic solutions that help to treat various dental problems. Among our most popular solutions are aligners and braces. Both of these dental appliances help to treat misalignment dental problems. However, you can only choose one of the solutions for your treatment, bringing about the question, "Which is the best option?" To determine the best of the two, it is important to evaluate each option and see which one fits your situation the best.
What Are Braces and How Do They Work?
Dental braces are one of the most popular orthodontic appliances, which work by straightening and aligning the teeth, thus helping to restore them to their perfect position. Braces come with brackets that are bonded to the teeth and held together by an archwire. It is the tension created by the tightening of the wire that shifts the teeth into the desired position. Braces can be classified into two types based on the material of the brackets:
Advantages of Braces
There are several advantages to straightening teeth using dental braces:
Drawbacks of Using Braces
Braces do, however, come with some drawbacks such as:
What Are Aligners?
Dental aligners are alternative orthodontic appliances that also help to straighten and align teeth. Unlike braces that use brackets and an archwire, aligners use plastic “trays” that are custom made in the shape of the patient’s teeth, thus guaranteeing a perfect fit. However, to align the teeth, the shape of the trays is altered slightly – based on the desired tooth position. The clear plastic look of the trays used has earned these aligners the name, “clear aligners.” Invisalign® is the most popular type of clear aligner.
Advantages of Aligners
Clear aligners offer several benefits:
Disadvantages of Aligners
Even with the numerous advantages, clear aligners also have some drawbacks:
Both braces and aligners are unique, each in their way. However, the fact remains that each can help you to straighten your teeth, improve your dental health, and improve your appearance. Call us, Dougherty Orthodontics, at (747) 264-5164 to find out more about both solutions.