Invisalign® Systems and Other Clear Aligners vs. Braces – How to Choose the Best Solution for You
It can be difficult for individuals to make a decision on whether they should get clear aligners or braces. While your final decision should include a consultation with Dr. Saad, this post should help lay out the pros and cons of each option for you.
Clear aligners, as their name suggests, are clear plastic devices intended to straighten your teeth over time. Aligners are custom made using models of your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. You will switch aligners every couple weeks until you have reached the final result.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of your teeth. Metal wires and rubber bands are then attached to the brackets and manipulated to adjust the alignment of your teeth.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
There are several reasons that someone would choose clear aligners, with the first being that they are nearly undetectable by observers. Not only are they more difficult to see (getting you closer to being able to show off that perfect smile), but they can be taken out temporarily when needed, allowing you to eat without distraction. Being able to remove your aligners also makes it much easier to brush and floss your teeth. Wearing clear aligners are also generally much more comfortable than braces. While adjusting the alignment of your teeth can be uncomfortable, there is generally less mouth and gum discomfort since the aligners are made of a special plastic and custom-made to fit your mouth.
The Disadvantages of Clear Aligners
While clear aligners have many benefits, they may not be the right fit for every person and every situation. While being able to remove the aligners can be a significant advantage for many people, it can also pose some issues. First, you have to remember to put them back in as soon as you are finished eating or cleaning your teeth or you will not see the best results. You also have to be careful not to lose or damage the aligners while they are out of your mouth. Clear aligners also may not be able to fix more complex alignment problems. Before deciding, you should have a discussion with your dental professional to see if clear aligners can provide the results you desire.
The Benefits of Braces
The number one advantage of braces is that they are suitable for all types of treatments. If you have multiple issues or a complex alignment situation, braces may be the solution for you. It is also possible for braces to be a quicker treatment option. The power of braces can make it quicker to close gaps with braces.
The Disadvantages of Braces
The first thing that many people think about with braces is the look. It is common to be self conscious about the way you will look with braces, while clear aligners present a much more discreet option. Another disadvantage is that braces can be more painful than clear aligners. Braces can have sharp edges that can cut your gums and lips and cause more discomfort. Since braces cannot be removed, teeth cleaning and eating can be more difficult as well. Many people do not want to have to avoid eating their favorite foods, so braces may not be the best option.
For those who can use them, clear aligners such as Invisalign systems can be the least intrusive solution for straightening teeth. It’s nice not to have to worry about the looks and inconveniences of traditional braces! If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please contact our Long Beach, CA office at (562) 597-7830. We’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.
How to Prevent the Gum Disease Known as Ginigivitis
At Long Beach Dental Health, we believe that when it comes to your mouth’s health, it’s not only about having straight, white teeth. Having healthy gums is also a huge part of your oral well-being. Even if you are cavity free, it doesn’t always mean your gums are healthy.
One form of gum disease is called Gingivitis. It’s important to take gingivitis seriously as it can lead to much more serious gum issues, like periodontitis and tooth loss, if left untreated.
What is Gingivitis?
Gingivitis means inflammation of the gums, or gingiva. It commonly occurs because a film of plaque accumulates on the teeth. There are typically two types of gingivitis:
- Dental plaque-induced gingival disease: This type of gingivitis can be caused by plaque, systemic factors, medication or malnutrition
- Non-plaque induced gingival lesions: This can be caused by specific bacterium, virus, or fungus. It might also be caused by genetic factors, systemic conditions (including allergic reactions and certain illnesses), wounds, or foreign bodies such as dentures.
When plaque is not removed adequately, it can harden into tartar near the base of the teeth, near the gum. This has a yellowish color and can only be professionally cleaned and removed. This type of plaque and tartar irritates the gums, causing inflammation, which typically leads to the gums bleeding.
How do I Know if I Have Gingivitis?
Gingivitis is fairly common, and anyone can develop it. Symptoms of Gingivitis include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Wiggly teeth
- Gums that bleed easily
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s a good idea to talk with your dentist. If Gingivitis is left untreated, it can lead to more serious oral issues.
How to Prevent Gingivitis.
The number one way to prevent Gingivitis is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice for at least two minutes a day and flossing at least once a day. Using an electric toothbrush can also help as they are better equipped to remove plaque in hard to reach places.
Visiting your dentist twice a year (every six months) to get a professional cleaning is another great way to prevent gum disease. Dentists and hygienists are able to remove plaque and tartar buildup that toothbrushes don’t always get.
Improving your overall health can also help prevent gingivitis. Improving your diet and managing your blood sugar are great for your gums.
We are here to help you and support you with all of your oral health needs. If you think you could have signs of gingivitis call our Long Beach, CA office today at (562) 597-7830. We are always happy to answer any questions you have and can schedule you for a visit.