Aligners Vs. Braces
Corpus Christi, TX
If you have recently found out that you need orthodontic treatment, you are not alone. There are at least four million people in the country who wear them as well. Because it can be such a priority to keep oral health functioning optimally, more people are choosing, even as adults, to seek out orthodontic treatment to keep their mouths in the best condition possible. Here at Star Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping you have the best dental care, and offer several convenient options for your benefit.
Benefits of Having Orthodontics
By the time many start to get their permanent teeth, it becomes a critical decision in their oral care to ensure that they do not have any issues in the future as adults, which could hinder their ability to eat or to speak. A significant overbite or underbite can also be pretty painful and cast a negative shadow across the face of a person who is otherwise quite comfortable with their appearance. Having orthodontic treatment can mean the difference between having a healthy, fully functioning lifestyle versus a lifetime of discomfort.
The methods of having your orthodontic procedure depend on the level of realignment necessary. For those who have very mild, aesthetic needs, an aligner may be all you need to achieve your desired results, whereas those who have significant issues may need a full mouth treatment. Regardless of which option you choose, you can be assured that your oral health will be much better after the decision to receive orthodontics rather than not having it done at all.
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Deciding Which Option Is Best For You
Primarily, most people choose to go with traditional braces. This gives us full control over your treatment, so there is no real responsibility on your part other than the upkeep you maintain from home. We handle the adjustments and tightening every few weeks as necessary, which keeps a consistent pull on the braces that optimally realigns your teeth into the best position.
Though traditional braces can be more visually obvious, there are options to lessen the appearance, such as smaller brackets in general, or even the use of ceramic or porcelain rather than metal so they blend in with your natural tooth color. You can also choose to go with sublingual braces, which fit behind your teeth rather than in front, but they may be more difficult to clean, so it is up to you to determine the level of dedication you are willing to put into your dental care.
Aligners are also an excellent option, and many people who choose to use this practically invisible method of alignment find that they can even expedite the process, which could require less time in braces. Though much easier to take care of and less obvious, aligners demand high levels of personal responsibility. You will need to wear them at least 20 hours a day to receive the best results, which some people may find difficult to achieve due to busy lifestyles or inconvenience.
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If you are interested in finding out what sort of braces would be best for you, please do not hesitate to give us here at Star Orthodontics a call at 361-371-8555 to schedule an appointment so we can help you decide.