Salem Location | (503) 585-5400
1855 West Nob Hill St, Ste. 300
Salem, OR 97302

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164 Chemawa Rd N
Keizer, OR 97303

What alternatives are there to metal braces?

What alternatives are there to metal braces?

Traditional orthodontics remain synonymous with the image of teens and pre-teens beaming with smiles that reveal metal wires and brackets. While many of our patients benefit from metal braces, clear aligner trays offer an advanced and discreet alternative to traditional metal appliances. We proudly offer both options, along with other advanced orthodontic solutions. If you are looking for an alternative to metal braces, read on to learn more. 

Metal Braces vs Invisalign: Which option is right for me?

Invisalign clear aligners and metal braces both straighten teeth. Our Salem orthodontics practice uses both treatments to address teeth that are:

  • Gapped
  • Misaligned
  • Crowded
  • Crooked

The treatments can also address certain cases of overbite and underbite. Most of our patients are candidates for both treatment options. In general, patients who have significant alignment problems, such as large gaps, may benefit from traditional metal braces.

Patients who seek the more comfortable and discreet treatment that Invisalign offers should be willing to wear their aligners for 22 hours per day. If you are seeking clear aligners for your teenager, Invisalign offers a special product for teens that alerts parents when trays are not worn for 22 hours per day. Failure to adhere to the compliance rule could result in delayed treatment or less than satisfactory results.

Patients who are fine with traditional metal braces should be willing to regularly clean and maintain their appliances. Without proper oral hygiene, patients may be at higher risk of developing tooth decay. Metal braces also come with certain nutritional guidelines. Sticky foods can adhere to wires and brackets while hard foods risk breaking off brackets.

There is no clear cost difference between the two treatments. Depending on the severity of your teeth misalignment issues, either option may be slightly lower in cost compared to the other. Only after undergoing a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. John will provide you with those details.

Dr. John offers complimentary orthodontic consultations for new patients. We recommend visiting with questions in mind. Typical questions include:

  • How long will my orthodontic treatment last?
  • How much will it cost?
  • What cosmetic results can I realistically expect from treatment?
  • Are there aesthetic issues that braces or Invisalign cannot fully address?

Benefits of Invisalign Treatments

Beyond comfort and convenience, the best benefit of Invisalign treatments is the drastic cosmetic results that are delivered along a predictable timeline. An attractive smile is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or a loved one. 

The aligner trays are transparent, meaning most people will not be able to tell that you are wearing them. We recommend regularly washing the trays with water and a toothbrush. Using toothpaste will leave a white film on the surface of the plastic.

Invisalign trays are considered more comfortable than metal braces because the pressure that moves teeth is distributed evenly across the tooth’s surface. As you place each tray, the pressure may be felt more prominently. Placing new trays before going to sleep is one way to “sleep off” this brief moment of discomfort.  

Schedule Your Invisalign Consultation Today

We look forward to delivering the smile of your dreams. To schedule your orthodontic consultation, please call (503) 585-5400.