Invisalign vs Braces Everyone wants straight, beautiful teeth, but misconceptions about braces have caused many people to dismiss this treatment option, instead choosing to go through life with crooked teeth. Not long ago, braces were bulky and painful, causing emotional distress and excessive discomfort that children and adults would just as soon avoid.
At Cooley Smiles, our family dentists are committed to bringing you the latest in dental advancements. We are pleased to be able to offer you a selection of dental braces that can meet your lifestyle needs while also providing fast, painless results.
Types of Braces
Braces have come a long way in both appearance and function. Not all braces are ideal for every patient, so we offer a variety of treatment options including:
With the help of computer imaging software, the family dentists at Cooley Smiles can create custom brackets to be worn on the inside of your teeth.
Invisalign® is a set of clear, plastic aligners that gradually shift your teeth into their proper position. Each aligner is worn for approximately two weeks. You will then move to the next aligner in the series as your teeth continue to be straightened. Read More to Learn If You Are a Candidate for Invisalign®
With small children and teenagers, these types of braces may not be nearly as effective as traditional orthodontic appliances. However, traditional braces have also come a long way and are now more comfortable than ever. For the fashion savvy, we can even place colored braces to help keep the process fun.
Who Needs Braces?
When your teeth do not fit together properly, you are at an increased risk for speech difficulties, uneven wear of tooth structure and enamel, and even damage to the tooth structure and jaw joints. Indications that you may need braces include:
• Tooth crowding
• Deep bite
Cooley Smiles family dentists Dr. Aaron Cooley and Dr. Brandon Cooley are orthodontists who can help you determine if your teeth could benefit from adult braces during your regularly scheduled check-ups and exams. It is important to address these issues as early as possible in your children, and we will let you know if there is a reason to consider having your child fit with braces.
If you think you have teeth that need braces or are not sure please contact our Seattle family dentists & orthodontists today to schedule your initial braces appointment at Cooley Smiles, serving patients in Bellevue and Seattle, Washington.