Are you unhappy with the appearance of your teeth? Many people appreciate the sight of a smile with a set of white, even teeth. If you feel that your teeth are letting down your appearance, there are several things you might consider doing to improve your appearance and increase your confidence. Your local dentist could talk to you about using metal braces to straighten your teeth, but you must choose between having metal braces fitted or opting for an alternative technique, such as Invisalign braces.
How do metal braces work?
Any method of correcting the alignment of your teeth will take time. Traditional metal braces rely on a metal bar fitted across the teeth that will slowly push the teeth into the correct alignment and straightens the appearance of your teeth. The biggest advantage of metal braces is that the metal bar is fixed in place permanently. The bar places the teeth under constant pressure and makes metal braces the most rapid method of teeth correction. However, while the metal bar can correct your teeth well, the fixed nature of the bar can often be a problem.
Why consider Invisalign braces?
For some people, the idea of an unsightly metal bar fixed across their teeth can be almost as unwelcome as having crooked teeth. If you are concerned about your appearance after having metal braces fitted, Invisalign braces could be a better option. Invisalign braces use a clear plastic tray instead of a metal bar. A plastic tray is much less noticeable, and many people will not realise that you have braces fitted. Without the metal bar and the associated brackets and wires to fix the brace into position, you can do everything that you normally would while your teeth are being invisible corrected.
Are there any other advantages to choosing Invisalign braces?
While metal braces can only be removed by a qualified dentist, you can remove Invisalign braces any time that you want. The most common reason that you might want to take out Invisalign braces is when you are cleaning your teeth. Traditional metal braces can often make it difficult to properly clean your teeth. You must carefully work around the metal bar and the brackets that hold it in position. If you opt for Invisalign braces, you can remove the plastic trays, clean your teeth thoroughly and put the braces back into position so that they can keep straightening your teeth.