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Invisalign vs. Braces
Portland, OR


A pondering woman holding aligner and a model of teeth with braces at Senestraro Family Orthodontics in Portland, OR.Do you have crooked teeth or teeth that are not positioned correctly? If you do, you may have thought about getting them fixed. However, which kind of orthodontics is right for you, or someone you love? Should you consider braces, or are aligners better? If you are thinking about getting your teeth fixed, Senestraro Family Orthodontics has information for you about the pros and cons of both aligners and braces.

Why You Might Need Orthodontics


There are several reasons why people need orthodontic work. Some people get braces or aligners because they have an overbite or an underbite. Over time, the bite can impact their teeth and cause pain. People might also get braces or aligners to realign teeth that are crowded or crooked. Braces or aligners can also fix spaces in between teeth, or teeth that overlap.

Braces vs. Aligners: The Pros and Cons


Braces are usually brackets that are glued to the front of teeth. Wires run in between the brackets. The wires are tightened over time to change the position of the teeth. Our orthodontists develop a plan for each patient so that wires are tightened according each person’s individual needs, during the course of treatment. The thickness of the wire used for braces also depends on the treatment plan. Usually, the patient goes to the orthodontist every other month for tightening.

Braces are ideal for patients who have teeth that are heavily overcrowded. They are also good for people who are not good at remembering to put the aligners in. However, if you have braces, you need to understand that brushing and flossing are a must. If you don’t brush and floss daily, your teeth may be discolored when the braces come off.

Aligners can be used for people who want to straighten their teeth without the look of braces. For many people, aligners represent a great solution. While they do not correct severe problems, aligners can be used to correct mild or moderate problems. Aligners are made of clear plastic. Rather than wires being tightened, the clear aligners are replaced every two weeks.

Also, aligners usually work on aligning and straightening one or two teeth at a time, rather than all of the teeth at the same time. People with aligners can remove them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You will still have to go to the orthodontist every other month for a checkup. In general, aligners work more quickly than braces do. Also, you can eat those “forbidden” foods such as caramels and popcorn that you can’t eat with braces. However, if you have a problem with remembering to do things, or you lose things easily, aligners might not be for you. Also, some people worry about the plastic being in their mouths for an extended period, but the aligners are BPA free.

While you might still be trying to decide which type of orthodontics is right for you, you should get some professional advice. If you are thinking about making sure your smile is perfectly aligned and beautiful, give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 446-5815. Give us a call, and we will be happy to make you an appointment to talk about your dental health!
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