Traditional braces and Invisalign clear aligners are both orthodontic treatment options designed to help straighten your smile. At Peterborough Dental Clinic, we offer both of these to help our patients achieve lasting results.
How Orthodontics Work
Orthodontic treatment can help children, teenagers, and adults straighten their teeth and improve the appearance and function of their smiles.
They achieve this by using braces or aligners to apply gentle pressure to your teeth, so they gradually move into their correct places over a period of months or years.
Though you can begin orthodontic treatment at any point in your life, putting off treatment when issues first arise can lead to needing more invasive treatment later. To see lasting results, early treatment is usually the most effective.
Traditional braces are constructed of either metal or ceramic and have proven effective for straightening teeth. In recent years, braces have gradually become low-profile, easier to care for and more comfortable thanks to advances in orthodontic treatment.
How Braces Straighten Teeth
With braces, continuous pressure is applied to your teeth over time and they gradually move into their correct positions over time. As pressure is applied and your teeth shift, the bone changes shape to adapt to the new positions of your teeth.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign clear aligners gradually help straighten your smile using a series of custom-fitted, clear plastic aligners that are adjusted over a period of time prescribed by your dentist.
One of the most exciting benefits of Invisalign clear aligners is the convenience factor - because they're removable, no one needs to know that you are straightening your teeth.
Similar in appearance to custom whitening trays, clear aligners should be easy to insert and maintain. You may remove them to eat, drink, brush, floss, and play sports.