Differences in Invisalign®, braces and other teeth straightening

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Gone are the days when braces were uncomfortable or limiting to your lifestyle. Today, there are multiple options to straighten teeth, ranging from Invisalign clear aligners to Damon braces and more.

If you’re not sure which type of braces is the best solution for you, keep reading. We’ll cover the main types of braces, so you can make an informed decision and start enjoying your smile.

Invisalign: What it is, and the pros and cons

If you don’t care for the look of traditional braces, Invisalign® is a fantastic alternative. Patients who choose Invisalign are fitted for several pairs of clear aligners that straighten their teeth. While the total process can take 12-18 months minimum, many patients start seeing results quickly.

As suggested by its name, Invisalign clear aligners are practically invisible. They’re also very comfortable to wear and don’t negatively impact your eating habits. However, Invisalign can be expensive and isn’t always the best choice for those with complex dental issues.

Damon Braces: What it is, and the pros and cons

The Damon System uses gentle forces to align your teeth into a natural curve that mirrors the shape of your bottom lip. It’s based on science and aesthetics, designed to give you the most healthy, beautiful smile possible.

Many patients love Damon braces because they’re gentle and can help you avoid tooth extractions. Treatment is faster, and this kind of braces may be more hygienic. They can also widen your smile. However, potential disadvantages include wire brackets and a higher cost than traditional braces.

Other options for teeth straightening

Braces for teens and adults come in several other forms, as well. Some people can even straighten their teeth with retainers or guidance appliances, eliminating the need for braces altogether. This approach usually works better for teenagers or middle schoolers.

Another orthodontic treatment option for those looking for a more discreet option is ceramic braces that blend into your natural tooth color. Hess Orthodontics offers clear ceramic Damon braces for patients in the Greater Tampa area.

Start your smile journey with Hess Orthodontics

Hess Orthodontics has five locations in West Coastal Florida and is committed to building your confidence with your ideal smile. Our treatment plans are customized to each patient to fit their goals and budget. Set up a free consultation online with us today!