When a teeth straightening procedure is inevitable, it’s best to consider all the options available to you before resorting to braces, Invisalign®, or any other kind of orthodontics. At White Horse Pike Family Dentistry in Somerdale, we offer a variety of orthodontic treatments for our patients and work closely with them to develop a customized plan that fits their specific needs. In the next two blogs, we will weigh the pros and cons of braces and Invisalign so those who are suffering from misaligned teeth have the information to help them decide which option they wish to pursue.

Braces

Traditional braces are a method of teeth straightening that has been around for decades, and has evolved from large winding wires and even headgear to the simple, more comfortable design used by orthodontists today. That being said, modern braces come with many pros and cons.

Pros

The biggest benefit of traditional braces is that they are one of the most effective ways of straightening your teeth, meaning you won’t have to keep them on for long compared to many other methods. The standard amount of time people have braces typically varies from one to two years, depending how easily their teeth can be manipulated.

Braces are also one of the most cost-effective ways to straighten your teeth, as they are the most basic method used by orthodontists. Unlike Invisalign or any other new teeth straightening technology, braces are usually the most affordable option for families, although we do offer many payment plans to ensure that local families receive the best care for their dental and orthodontic needs.

Cons

Braces are often the go-to for teenagers, as many of their peers have had them before and they don’t stick out in a sea of other middle and high schoolers who have visible metal brackets. That being said, braces can add another level of self-consciousness to an already awkward stage in life, which is an unfortunate downside. The somewhat unpleasant aesthetic of braces also results in most adults choosing another method of teeth straightening that isn’t quite as noticeable.

We’ll be the first to admit it: braces will likely cause the wearer some discomfort and can even be painful―especially when it’s time to get them tightened. Fortunately, your mouth is quick to heal and will form a little scar tissue to shield you from the initial pain of metal brackets rubbing against your gums. We also offer moldable wax that you can place over your brackets while sleeping if irritation persists. The good news is that whether you experience a great deal of pain or none at all, you will quickly adjust to the feeling of braces and will eventually forget they’re even there.

All things considered, if braces just don’t seem right for you, read on to our next blog to decide whether Invisalign would better suit you. As your trusted family dentist, it is our mission to develop comprehensive plans that cater to your specific needs, regardless of the financial hurdles that stand in your way. Contact White Horse Pike Family Dentistry today to set up a consultation where we will discuss whether braces are right for you and what we can do to help you afford them.