If you are unhappy with crooked teeth, we offer many options for straightening them. Clear braces (Invisalign™) as well as traditional braces allow us to make sure everyone gets the right teeth straightening solution. We will talk to you about your cosmetic dentistry goals during and after treatment, evaluate your teeth, and discuss other factors such as budget and timing to find the best braces solution for you.
Dentists have been straightening teeth for nearly 300 years, and over that time we have invented many different approaches to straightening teeth. At Strober Dental, we utilize a combination of the most modern, most effective, and most convenient approaches available.
The approaches we offer include:
- Six Month Smiles
- Instant orthodontics
Each of these approaches have benefits and limitations. It’s important to consider your options thoroughly before deciding which one is right for you.
Invisalign: Removable Clear Braces
Invisalign differs from traditional braces because it doesn’t use wires or brackets. Instead, Invisalign uses a sequence of computer-designed clear plastic aligners that gradually move your teeth into place. Invisalign has become a very popular treatment in recent years because it offers many benefits, including:
- Clear plastic aligners are nearly invisible
- Continue to eat all your favorite foods
- No special cleaning required
- No metal brackets and wire that can irritate cheeks or tongue
Invisalign’s limitations are that it takes about as long as traditional braces and can’t handle some complex cases.
Six Month Smiles
Another way to get your orthodontic results faster is to have your braces work smarter, not harder. For most of us, the problem with crooked teeth isn’t that they are causing a bad bite, it’s that they look unattractive. Six Month Smiles is a braces approach that focuses just on moving the teeth that cause cosmetic problems. These front teeth are easier to move, so your results can be accomplished much faster, about six months, on average.
Benefits of Six Month Smiles include:
- Fast results
- Almost invisible with tooth-colored wires and brackets
- Less expensive than other braces options
- Less discomfort
- Proven technology and reliable results
Of course, Six Month Smiles can’t handle all complex orthodontics cases, and it has many of the limits associated with traditional braces, such as diet limitations.
Instant Orthodontics: A Different Way to Straighten Teeth
Instant orthodontics isn’t really an orthodontic approach at all. Instead of moving your teeth into place, we use porcelain veneers and maybe crowns to change the shape of your teeth so they are straight and even. If your primary complaint is black triangles around a couple of your front teeth, BioClear is a great alternative that can get good results at a lower cost.
Benefits of instant orthodontics include:
- Results in less than a month
- Great for gapped smiles and black triangles
- Can reshape and whiten teeth
- No need for a retainer
Instant orthodontics may not be appropriate for as many candidates as Invisalign. It also involves modifying your natural teeth, which should never be done without careful consideration. But for some people, instant orthodontics is better than braces in many ways.
Whether you know just what kind of braces you want, or if you want to talk to us to learn more, please contact Strober Dental in San Diego today for an appointment.