Knowing that you or a family member needs braces can be overwhelming. Braces are an investment of time and money, and the decisions regarding treatment options can seem daunting.
Now that you know it’s time for orthodontic treatment, let’s take a look at some of your Philadelphia braces options. When it comes to orthodontic treatment we generally think of traditional metal braces, but there are many options to give you the smile you desire.
Conventional metal braces require the placement of brackets on the front of teeth with connecting archwires. These brackets put pressure on your teeth and cause them to shift, resulting in proper alignment. Braces can take up to 36 months for treatment time, and may require elastics and headgear depending on the type of treatment your smile requires.
Three Options for Philadelphia Braces
Here are just a few choices for you to consider and discuss with your orthodontist at your next appointment:
- Lingual Braces. Unlike conventional braces, lingual braces are placed on the backside of the teeth making them virtually undetectable. The procedure with lingual braces similar to that of metal braces, and there is generally 18-36 months of treatment time. The drawbacks with lingual braces are that they may irritate your tongue, and may impede your speech while you get used to the feel of your new braces.
- Ceramic Braces. Instead of metal brackets,a less noticeable ceramic is used which nearly matches the shade of your tooth. The care and length of treatment for ceramic braces is similar to traditional braces. A drawback to ceramic braces is their tendency to stain due to the material. This just means a patient with ceramic braces should be conscious of consuming dark foods and beverages, and be vigilant about brushing and flossing frequently and thoroughly.
- Invisalign. With Invisalign, you don’t have to worry about brackets, archwires, or bands. Invisalign uses clear aligners to shift your smile in the right direction. These clear aligners give you the advantage of keeping your smile makeover under wraps, and there are none of the same food restrictions that you experience with traditional braces. Treatment time can also be significantly shorter than traditional braces, even as short as 9 months. Two drawbacks, however, are that not everyone is a candidate for this treatment, and Invisalign is more expensive than traditional braces.
Contact Penn Dental Medicine at 215-898-8965 to see which orthodontic treatment option works best for you.