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Aligners vs. Braces

The practice of orthodontics focuses primarily on repositioning misaligned teeth and effectively correcting bite motion which improves both the appearance of the patient and their mouth function. Treatment usually begins in children aged seven or eight. They try to aid in the correct eruption of adult teeth and although it used to be mostly treated in children it has become increasingly used in adults as well.

While the concepts haven’t changed, the methods, the tools, and some of the treatments have. Gone are the days of painful metal braces and adjustments. Now patients can choose to have tooth alignment trays if they prefer this device.

Why not come in and find out which is right for you? Come see us at Senestraro Family Orthodontics to find out the details about each of the available treatments. We are always available to answer your questions and give advice.


Braces incorporate brackets attached to the teeth and wires which are attached to the brackets. The wire provides pressure to move the teeth into their appropriate places. At times, the wire will have to be adjusted or replaced as the teeth begin to shift into their desired positions. They are the most widely used orthodontic treatment regimens.

They are used to address problems with misalignment, overbites, underbites, and poor spacing. This includes when there is not enough space between teeth and the mouth is overcrowded or when there is too much space. They are able to not only shift an individual tooth but all teeth simultaneously. It is truly a unique and effective treatment.

Every six to eight weeks, patients will need to be seen. This is to allow for adjustments and monitoring to make sure the treatment goals are being met.

One downside to braces is oral hygiene. It takes a great deal of effort to both floss and brush with braces. It requires a longer time and is more involved than just brushing and flossing teeth without dental appliances.


Far less conspicuous than traditional braces, clear aligners offer a far less invasive alternative to braces. They do not use brackets or wires to shift teeth. Instead, they use numerous clear aligner trays which have to be changed out approximately every two weeks as the teeth move to their appropriate place. Made of flexible plastic, clear aligner trays are more comfortable than traditional braces and do not irritate the gums or cause the same degree of discomfort that braces do. Traditional braces actually put pressure on all of the teeth which can negatively impact teeth that do not need to be shifted.

One big benefit of clear aligners is that they can be removed in order to eat, which means there is less of an opportunity for food to get stuck. It also improves the comfort of eating. They can also be removed while brushing and flossing which means it is far easier to care for your teeth than with traditional braces.

Why not come in to weigh your orthodontic options with us? Come see us at Senestraro Family Orthodontics to get the answers you need. We are also available for phone consultations too. Call us today at (503) 228 1945 to talk it over or to make your first appointment.
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