What Orthodontic Issues Require Traditional Braces?

What Orthodontic Issues Require Traditional Braces?

Orthodontic treatment has changed dramatically in recent years. Now, you have more options than ever before to reach your smile goals — and to do it in a way that’s faster and more convenient than you might expect. 

That said, there’s no single treatment option that we see leading the pack. While our team certainly offers clear aligners like Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, we recommend traditional braces for some of our patients. Braces allow us to make more dramatic changes in your mouth, helping you reach your smile goals when you need more than minor straightening. 

If you want an improved smile, talk to our dentistry team at Livonia Family Smiles in Livonia, Michigan. We can help you determine if clear aligners, traditional braces, or an innovative option like Fastbraces® are best for you. 

To help you head into the process informed, here are a few instances when our team recommends traditional braces instead of clear aligners. 

Large gaps between teeth

Clear aligners can help to close small gaps in your teeth, but if there’s too much space between neighboring teeth, you’ll get better results with braces. Because traditional braces allow us to affix a bracket to each individual tooth, they give us more control so we can close even sizable gaps in your smile. 

Rotated teeth

Similarly, Invisalign and ClearCorrect can deliver some minor corrective rotation, but only so much. If your teeth need significant rotation, we recommend traditional braces to achieve your ideal outcome. 

Dental bridges and implants

Braces give us the flexibility to work around any prosthetic teeth in your mouth, skipping over bridges or implants so we can straighten the rest of your teeth without compromising your replacement teeth. Clear aligners, on the other hand, fit over all of your teeth. That means they’re generally not a good option if you have a dental implant or a bridge. 

Ultra-fast smile corrections

While clear aligners do work quickly, we offer an even faster way to reach your cosmetic goals. With Fastbraces®, we often see patients reach their ideal smile in a treatment window somewhere between two and five months. 

People who struggle with consistency or losing things

While this isn’t an orthodontic issue, it’s worth noting that we might recommend traditional braces because they’re a better fit for that person’s lifestyle. If a teen is likely to take their aligners out when they shouldn’t or lose the aligners, braces might be a smarter choice for their orthodontic plan. We talk with the patient and their family to tailor our recommendation to the individual. 

Ultimately, clear aligners work for a wide range of people, but they’re not right for everyone. To explore your options with our expert team, call our office in Livonia, Michigan

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