The decision to straighten your teeth or your child’s teeth is often a complicated one. You’re presented with a plethora of information, some of which may be a little conflicting. But in the end, the decision mostly boils down to two options: Invisalign or braces. When talking about orthodontic treatments, patients are naturally pushed toward using braces because they’re the traditional method of teeth straightening, and they are also highly effective.
In some cases, one can reach a stage where traditional braces are not the appropriate option anymore and an alternative treatment is needed.
When You Should Consider Change?
There are a few circumstances from which your Los Angeles dentist will approve and recommend the change from braces to Invisalign:
Metal braces come with a certain stigma that makes patients extremely self-conscious. They are very visible and can cause insecurities that affect their daily lives. Invisalign is invisible solution that does the job without the downsides of braces.
Wearing metal braces comes with a lot of dietary restrictions. Any food that may damage your braces is strictly off the table including such as nuts, carrots, and apples. Sticky foods like gum are also prohibited, as well as many others. With Invisalign, you can simply remove the aligners before meals, which allows you to enjoy your regular healthy diet.
Oral Hygiene Routine
Traditional braces are difficult to clean and require special tools to get around the wires and brackets. It takes a long time to clean and a trip to the dentist regularly is required for proper cleaning. Invisalign on the other hand, is very easy to clean and maintain without extra hassle.
Metal braces can be quite painful to wear, as the wires are designed to have a strong grip, which can be uncomfortable for the gums and cheeks. The tight grip of braces also increases the chances of a condition called teeth demineralization, which causes white spots on the teeth. While Invisalign is also tight on the teeth (in order to do its job), the grip is much more flexible and the fact that you get to take it off a few times a day reduces the risk of pain and tooth demineralization.
If you are considering dental treatment to realign your teeth or are having a difficult time with your current metal braces, Invisalign might be the solution for you. Before making a decision, consult with your dentist in Los Angeles, Dr. Alex Moradzadeh, to determine if it’s the right course of action. For further information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Crystal Dental Center at 213.748.8448 or visit www.CrystalDentalCenters.com to learn more.
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