Are traditional braces faster?

If you’re like the majority of people, you are wanting to get the smile of your dreams pain free and quickly. Although there have been advances in orthodontic dentistry, such as Invisalign clear aligners, traditional metal braces are still a popular choice for a number of reasons. Unlike Invisalign or other clear aligners, traditional braces are an excellent option to help patients who struggle with severe or complex dental problems. But are traditional braces the fastest option to straighten teeth and close gaps? Let’s find out!

How Long Do You Typically Have to Wear Traditional Braces?

Because every patient is unique, the amount of time that you have to wear your braces can change from person to person. Typically, patients have their braces between 18 to 24 months. Individuals who need a more extensive treatment may have to wear their braces up to 36 months. Ensure that you follow your orthodontist’s recommendation and maintain healthy oral hygiene while wearing braces; this can help contribute to the overall effectiveness of your treatment plan.

What is the Alternative to Wearing Traditional Braces?

Invisalign are clear aligners that are comfortable and easy to wear. Your orthodontist usually will require you to wear your aligners for up to 22 hours per day. Typically, you will only remove your aligners each day to eat food or brush and floss your teeth. The Invisalign option can be quite pricey compared to that of traditional braces, especially if you’re prone to losing your clear aligners.

Do Braces Work Faster than Invisalign?

Typically, traditional braces can straighten teeth and close gaps more quickly than Invisalign can, but not always. Every patient’s orthodontic journey is unique and different. Most patients will only have to wear their braces between one and three years. Patients who choose Invisalign typically wear their aligners between one to two years. Make sure to keep your orthodontist’s recommendation in mind when choosing whether traditional braces or Invisalign will be right for your treatment plan.

What are the Benefits of Traditional Braces?

One of the major benefits of using traditional braces for most people is that it is the least expensive option; you are able to get quality orthodontic treatment at a much more reasonable price. Another benefit of traditional metal braces is that they are much more durable than other options.

Traditional braces don’t have restrictions either. This means that traditional braces can help with several orthodontic issues that Invisalign cannot help with, including serious misalignment, overcrowding, protruding teeth, underbites, overbites, and crossbites.

Friendly & Professional Care at Hodge Orthodontics 

Whether you’re a new orthodontic patient, about to have your braces taken off, or anywhere in between, our team at Hodge Orthodontics is here to help you get the smile of your dreams! Our orthodontists will help you to pick which treatment plan will work best for your smile and answer any questions that you may have. We are passionate about providing you with the best orthodontic experience possible, and committed to helping you achieve your very best smile. Give us a call or visit our office to schedule your initial or follow-up appointment today!

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