The orthodontics department at Ohio state university conducted a study of the public’s perception of the appearance of various types of braces. The results indicated that the nonmetal orthodontic appliances were considered the most attractive and the metal brackets and wires were rated as the least attractive. However, in terms of effectiveness, traditional metal braces are at the top with clear aligner trays falling below them in some cases.
What is the difference?
The invisible trays do have certain limitations in the forces they can deliver and the movements they can accomplish. Although they are usually effective in treating gaps, crowding, open bite, underbite, and overbite, conventional braces may be a better choice when significant tooth movement is required, or when smaller teeth are involved.
Do I need conventional braces?
Dr. Sameet Koppikar may suggest orthodontic treatment as part of your overall dental care plan. His goal is to help his patients enjoy optimal oral health and beauty in the most conservative ways possible. Teeth that are straight, neither crowded nor gapped, and mesh properly with the opposing teeth are an important part of optimal oral health. The doctor will recommend the best option for treatment based on your unique needs. Whether conventional braces, Six Month Smiles, or Invisalign are chosen, the benefits of orthodontic treatment make it well worth the investment in your smile and oral health.
Benefits of orthodontic treatment
- Oral health – Properly aligned jaws, and healthy teeth and gums are the foundation for optimal oral health. Crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to clean properly, increasing the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Misalignment can contribute to inefficient chewing, undue stress on gum tissue and bone, abnormal tooth wear, and dysfunction of the jaw joints.
- Cost – Orthodontic treatment can be less costly than treatment to correct the oral issues that crooked teeth or a bad bite can cause.
- Appearance – A beautiful, straight, healthy smile can boost your image and your self-esteem.
Modern conventional braces are smaller, lighter, faster, and more effective than traditional metal braces. Six Month Smiles is a terrific way to accomplish minor cosmetic issues with misalignment. Invisalign is a discreet, comfortable, and effective method of orthodontic correction in many situations. There are more choices available today than ever before to straighten you teeth, there couldn’t be a better time than now to call (602) 954-8200 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sameet Koppikar of Biltmore Dental Center in Phoenix.