Invisalign® Systems and Other Clear Aligners vs. Braces – How to Choose the Best Solution for You

It can be difficult for individuals to make a decision on whether they should get clear aligners or braces. While your final decision should include a consultation with Dr. Haslam, this post should help lay out the pros and cons of each option for you.

Clear aligners, as their name suggests, are clear plastic devices intended to straighten your teeth over time. Aligners are custom made using models of your current teeth and the end result you hope to achieve. You will switch aligners every couple weeks until you have reached the final result.

Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of your teeth. Metal wires and rubber bands are then attached to the brackets and manipulated to adjust the alignment of your teeth.

The Benefits of Clear Aligners

There are several reasons that someone would choose clear aligners, with the first being that they are nearly undetectable by observers. Not only are they more difficult to see (getting you closer to being able to show off that perfect smile), but they can be taken out temporarily when needed, allowing you to eat without distraction. Being able to remove your aligners also makes it much easier to brush and floss your teeth. Wearing clear aligners are also generally much more comfortable than braces. While adjusting the alignment of your teeth can be uncomfortable, there is generally less mouth and gum discomfort since the aligners are made of a special plastic and custom-made to fit your mouth.

The Disadvantages of Clear Aligners

While clear aligners have many benefits, they may not be the right fit for every person and every situation. While being able to remove the aligners can be a significant advantage for many people, it can also pose some issues. First, you have to remember to put them back in as soon as you are finished eating or cleaning your teeth or you will not see the best results. You also have to be careful not to lose or damage the aligners while they are out of your mouth. Clear aligners also may not be able to fix more complex alignment problems. Before deciding, you should have a discussion with your dental professional to see if clear aligners can provide the results you desire.

The Benefits of Braces

The number one advantage of braces is that they are suitable for all types of treatments. If you have multiple issues or a complex alignment situation, braces may be the solution for you. It is also possible for braces to be a quicker treatment option. The power of braces can make it quicker to close gaps with braces.

The Disadvantages of Braces

The first thing that many people think about with braces is the look. It is common to be self conscious about the way you will look with braces, while clear aligners present a much more discreet option. Another disadvantage is that braces can be more painful than clear aligners. Braces can have sharp edges that can cut your gums and lips and cause more discomfort. Since braces cannot be removed, teeth cleaning and eating can be more difficult as well. Many people do not want to have to avoid eating their favorite foods, so braces may not be the best option.

For those who can use them, clear aligners such as Invisalign systems can be the least intrusive solution for straightening teeth. It’s nice not to have to worry about the looks and inconveniences of traditional braces! If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please contact our Ogden, UT office at (801) 479-1700. We’ll be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.

Tooth Replacement Options

Replacing missing teeth helps restore your ability to chew, eat, and speak naturally. It also helps improve confidence in your smile. At Haslam Dental, we pride ourselves on offering restorative dental services to help those missing one, multiple, or all of their teeth. We offer a variety of tooth replacement options, including dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures. Keep reading to see which option is best for you.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best tooth replacement options available. They are custom-made to mimic the appearance and functionality of natural teeth.  Implants create a strong foundation as they replace the natural tooth root structure and securely keep the implant in place. There are three parts to dental implant procedures: surgical placement of the implant, healing from the implant procedure, and the applying the replacement tooth on the implant. With appropriate care, implants can last a lifetime.

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Dental Bridges

Typically used to replace multiple missing teeth, dental brides are an effective tooth replacement option for filling gaps in your smile. A dental bridge is multiple artificial teeth that bridge a gap between other teeth, held in place by adjacent teeth that support the bridge. Dental bridges are commonly less expensive than dental implants.

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Dentures

Dentures are removable artificial teeth that are used when someone is missing either an entire row of their teeth or all of their teeth. They are a more affordable option, compared to bridges or implants. You can still eat, speak, and chew as normal with dentures and caring for them is simple and easy.

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Summary

Missing one, multiple, or all of your teeth can result in challenges and reduced confidence in your smile. The best tooth replacement option varies, depending on your needs, budget, and preference of oral health maintenance. If you have any questions about tooth replacement options, contact our office for a consultation.

 

 

What Are the Pros and Cons of Dental Implants?

One of the hottest topics in dentistry today is the use of dental implants. Implants have certainly revolutionized the field of replacement teeth. If you are considering tooth implants for missing teeth, you need to know the facts. There are pros and cons of dental implants that are carefully weighed by your dentist before surgery can be scheduled.

Research continually shows that dental implants are the best long term solution to replace missing teeth. However, like any type of surgery, there are advantages and disadvantages.

Cons of Dental Implants

No procedure is right for everyone, including dental implants. While there are some risks associated with dental implants, they are relatively mild. The disadvantages include:

1. You have to meet a set of requirements

In order to have dental implant surgery, you first have to meet certain criteria. As the procedure involves anchoring the implant to your jaw bone, if you’ve experienced significant bone loss as a result of losing teeth, there may not be enough for the dental implant to be successful. You also have to be in good health so your jaw bone can fully recover.

2. The cost of the procedure

While dental implants are the best long term solution for tooth loss, they’re not always the most cost effective. However, dental implants are well worth the price for the comfort, confidence and natural feel they give you.

3. The procedure can be lengthy

Dental implants are not a quick fix and can take several months to complete. If you’re replacing an existing damaged tooth, this will first need to be removed. Your dentist will then need to prepare the tooth site before fitting the implant anchor. Once the anchor has been fitted, you’ll need to wait several months while it heals and the surrounding bone grows. The final stage of the procedure involves placing the artificial tooth.

Pros of Dental Implants

While there are some drawbacks to dental implants, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

1. They look and feel like natural teeth

Dental implants have the appearance of real teeth. In fact, once your implant has been fitted, you’ll hardly be able to tell the difference between your replacement tooth and your real teeth. Implants also won’t feel any different from your regular teeth. Since the implants are anchored to your jaw, they’ll feel just as strong as your regular teeth too.

2. You can eat and chew with ease

Unlike dentures, implants won’t feel any different than your regular teeth when eating and chewing. Once the dental implant procedure is complete, you can eat what you want! Whether you fancy crunchy snacks, chewy foods, or hot or cold drinks, you can eat and drink without concern — just remember not to overdo the sugary treats.

3. Dental implants can last a lifetime

Implants are a long-lasting tooth replacement solution. You may need to replace the crowns every 10-15 years, but if you look after the implants, they can last a lifetime.

4. They’re easy to take care of

You should take care of your implants the same way you would take care of your regular teeth with daily brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups and a healthy diet.

5. They prevent bone loss

Dental implants are anchored into your jaw, similar to your real teeth. The screw thread of the implant acts as the root of a natural tooth, so with dental implants, your jaw bone remains strong and you won’t experience bone loss.

You can see that the advantages heavily outweigh the disadvantages. Dental implants have been proven to be a great option for people who suffer from tooth loss. We always want to make our patients look and feel great, and dental implants is a great way to do that. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have, so contact us!

One Year Update: COVID-19 and Dental Offices

It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed almost every aspect of our daily lives—including regularly visiting the dentist. However, this should soon be a thing of the past. Not visiting the dentist was one of the many ripple-effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and even though it is not over, yet, things are looking up.

According to the ADA Health Policy Institute, confidence in going back to the dentist hit a new high since the pandemic started, with 94% of patients stating they are ready to go back to the dentist or they have already have gone back to see the dentist, compared to August of 2020 where only 78% of patients had been back or were ready to go back to the dentist.

If you’re ready for your next dental checkup, contact us today to setup an appointment!

Continued Safety Protocols

As more and more people become fully vaccinated, the CDC has started to provide less-restrictive guidelines for these people. However, most recommended precautions, such as using personal protective equipment, have not changed for health care settings, including dental offices.

Even though we are seeing COVID-19 case numbers trending down, we still ask that you follow our guidelines for your safety and the safety of others, including:

  • Do not come to the office if you have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Limit the number of people you bring to your appointment, if possible
  • Wear a mask until notified that you can remove it

Per the CDC, we are regularly consulting with our state and local health departments for region-specific information and recommendations, as they monitor trends in local case counts and adjust accordingly.

We understand that you may not feel comfortable quite yet, or you have questions about the protocols we’ve implemented in our office to keep patients safe. You can review our entire list of COVID-19 Safety Protocols or you can contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.