Orthodontics Specialist

St. George Family Dental

Matthew P. St George, DDS

General Dentist & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MO

Having crooked teeth or improper bites can affect your chewing, speech, and smile. At St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, Matthew St. George, DDS, can help you achieve a million-dollar smile through the use of traditional braces or Invisalign®. To determine which one is right for you, call our office today.

Orthodontics Q & A

What are traditional braces?

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that Dr. St. George places on your teeth with an adhesive and connects with wire. You’ll be visiting St. George Family Dental once a month for periodic tightening of your braces so your teeth can straighten and your jaw can align.

Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be wearing braces for six months to three years.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign are computer-generated clear trays custom-made for your teeth. They are virtually invisible, so patients enjoy being able to smile more confidently in public without the visibility of wires, rubber bands, or brackets that come with braces.

You’ll have to visit Dr. St. George once every six weeks to ensure your treatment is progressing correctly. While your treatment timeline depends on your specific case, it should be complete at 11 months.

There are multiple benefits to Invisalign, including:

  • Fewer food restrictions
  • Easier care than braces
  • Aesthetically appealing
  • Decreased gum irritation
  • They’re removable

Dr. St. George understands you may want an alternative to traditional braces, so the best way to determine if Invisalign can work for you is to come to St. George Family Dental for a consultation.

What is the difference between Invisalign and traditional braces?

While both Invisalign and braces can help you achieve the same goals of straightening your teeth along with improving your smile and oral health, there are differences.

Invisalign is less invasive than traditional braces along with being more aesthetic, which can keep your treatment more inconspicuous. In addition, Invisalign trays are made of smooth plastic, so your gums and cheeks won’t become irritated like they might with traditional braces.

With traditional braces, you’ll have to avoid foods that are too crunchy or sticky because they can break your brackets or displace a wire. Since Invisalign is removable, you won’t have any food restrictions.

Nonetheless, Invisalign is limited in the issues it can correct while braces can correct even the most complicated issues in aligning your teeth. Braces are also extremely functional since they aren’t removable.

To learn more about which of these two options, traditional braces or Invisalign, is best for you, call St. George Family Dental today.