When Should You Choose Clear Braces Over Traditional Braces?

If your teeth could use some straightening, chances are you’re looking into all of your options. But how do you decide between clear braces like Invisalign or traditional braces? It turns out that depending on your situation, Invisalign might be a better option than traditional metal braces. Here are the facts you need to know before making your decision.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a system of removable clear aligners that fit over your teeth for a nearly invisible result. Every few weeks you’ll receive new aligner trays that will move your teeth slowly towards their new position. Invisalign treatment usually takes about a year on average.

Advantages of Using Clear Braces

Clear braces are great for those who might be self-conscious about the appearance of braces, as they’re practically unnoticeable to the naked eye. Invisalign aligners can be removed for special events or for eating so you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in your braces. In addition, clear braces make it easy to clean your teeth as you don’t have to worry about navigating around brackets, and there are no uncomfortable wires to irritate the inside of your mouth.

Disadvantages of Clear Braces

Invisalign can be expensive depending on how much your insurance will cover, so it might not be right for patients looking for a more affordable solution. You need to wear your aligner trays for 20-22 hours a day in order for them to work, which can be a big commitment for some people who might forget to put them back in after eating. Also, Invisalign might not be right for your specific situation, as it’s best for less severe cases of crooked teeth.

The best way to determine if Invisalign is right for you would be to ask Dr. Gibson, who can answer your questions and give you advice based on your specific circumstances. To make an appointment or ask any questions you might have, give Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry a call at 832-930-7858 today!

The Dos and Don’ts of Caring for Your Dentures

While dentures are similar to teeth in many ways, there are a few key differences. The way you’re used to caring for your natural teeth might not be the right way to take care of your new dentures. If you’re still getting used to having dentures, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind in order to keep them in good shape for years to come.

Denture Dos

  • Do clean your mouth after removing them. Bacteria can build up around and underneath your dentures, so it’s important to remove that bacteria before it causes problems.
  • Do soak your dentures overnight. This keeps your dentures hydrated and prevents cracking.
  • Do brush your plate at least once a day. Keeping your dentures clean is the best way to make sure they stay in good condition.
  • Do schedule regular dental check ups. Your dentist will be able to monitor your dentures to make sure they’re in good shape and that there are no issues with your oral health.

Denture Don’ts

  • Don’t use damaging toothbrushes and cleansers. Being too rough on your dentures can cause them to break, erode, or become discolored. Use only recommended products when cleaning your dentures.
  • Don’t use bleaching products. Bleaching can work unevenly and discolor the pink portion of your dentures over time, leaving you with a patchy and unnatural-looking smile.
  • Don’t use whitening toothpastes. Along the same lines as bleaching, whitening toothpastes can damage your dentures over time. If you’d like your dentures whitened, talk to your dentist.
  • Don’t use hot water. Hot temperatures can cause your dentures to warp, changing the way they look and fit in your mouth. Instead, use warm water to clean your dentures.

If you have any questions about how to care for your dentures, the friendly staff at Bella Smiles is always happy to help. Give us a call at 832-930-7858 to talk to a dentist or make an appointment today.