When it comes to oral health, brushing and flossing your teeth are often the first methods of care that come to mind. Keeping your teeth clean is important, but so too is ensuring your teeth and jaw align properly. Crooked teeth or a misaligned bite can cause a range of health issues including making it difficult to chew, creating more opportunity for tooth decay, and contributing to tooth grinding and jaw pain. Seeking an orthodontist in Fort McMurray is your first step to addressing these issues caused by teeth and jaw misalignment. At Uptown Fort McMurray Dental, we provide two methods for straightening and realigning procedures: Invisalign and traditional metal braces.
Invisalign are clear, plastic aligners that are placed over your teeth. These custom-made aligners slowly move your teeth into the desired position over time. Every couple of weeks, a new aligner is made to help continue the straightening process. Invisalign aligners can be removed in order to eat and drink. They are easy to use and require simple cleaning to maintain their clear appearance.
While Invisalign is popular, it’s not for everyone.Traditional metal braces are often better suited for more serious misalignment issues. At Uptown Fort McMurray Dental, our traditional metal braces are reduced in size to help avoid lip and cheek irritation. This also helps maintain good oral hygiene habits as the miniature braces make it easier to clean around your teeth.
Which is right for you: Invisalign or traditional braces? Each method offers advantages and disadvantages. For example, patients who have more complex alignment issues should consider metal braces. Simpler straightening and aligning issues can be handled with Invisalign. Metal braces are very visible on the teeth while Invisalign is a clear, plastic aligner than is nearly invisible. You can take out your Invisalign aligners to eat meaning you have no dietary restrictions unlike traditional braces. However, Invisalign must be removed before eating and drinking and you should brush after each meal to avoid staining your aligner. There are many more pros and cons to both Invisalign and traditional braces.
When people think about orthodontics, their first thoughts might conjure up an image of a teenager with metal braces. However, orthodontic procedures have no age restriction, and braces and Invisalign are available for adults as well as children and teens. Contact Uptown Fort McMurray Dental to learn more about our orthodontic procedures and how they can benefit you and your family.