Traditional braces have been around for years, and most of us know at least a few people who straightened their teeth with the help of this metal variety. These days, though, there’s a newer, more discreet method: Invisalign®. Today, the friendly dentists from Hillside Dental Associates in Ripon, WI, will explain what to know about these two popular ways of attaining healthy, beautiful smiles.
Invisalign® braces are constructed of clear plastic that is custom-fit to the mold of the mouth. Since the aligners are translucent, they are nearly undetectable. About every two weeks, the patient will need to be fit with a new one that will slowly shift the teeth’s alignment. They are removable and will need to be taken out and cleaned when eating, drinking beverages other than water, and brushing and flossing. Many people prefer Invisalign® due to their ease of wear, comfort, and discreet appearance.
Traditional braces are typically constructed of metal or ceramic brackets that are individually adhered to each tooth. They are connected with metal wires, which will be tightened to the teeth to effectively straighten them over time. Due to the nature of these braces, eating crunchy and sticky foods, including popcorn, chips, and chewy candy, is not recommended. Like Invisalign®, these braces are a trusted way to improve the alignment of the teeth and overall oral health.
To keep your teeth straight, beautiful, and healthy for life, visit Ripon’s top dentist. Whether you’re interested in traditional or Invisalign® braces, the team of dentists and orthodontists can provide you with the effective treatment you need. To schedule an appointment at Hillside Dental Associates, call today at (920) 748-6122. For more information, visit the website. You can also check out the friendly dental team on Facebook.