Braces vs. Clear Aligners

Wondering which can give you that straight smile you’ve always dreamed of? Braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign and Smiles Correct are great options to help you achieve this goal. Tilghman Orthodontics in Berlin and Salisbury, MD offer both braces and clear aligner options! Both provide great benefits but it truly depends on your lifestyle, needs, and ultimate timeline.

What are the benefits of braces?

Braces are a go-to orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets, wires, and tiny rubber bands. Our team at Tilghman Orthodontics attach these directly to your teeth. You are able to select brackets that closely match your tooth enamel color, or you can make a fashion statement with a much bolder color. Once your teeth are straightened, our team will professionally remove these brackets and wires.

What are the benefits of clear aligners, such as Invisalign and Smiles Correct?

Invisalign and Smiles Correct, on the other hand, is essentially invisible. They are clear, plastic, removable, aligner trays that are worn over your teeth to subtly move your teeth. Our team at Tilghman Orthodontics will use X-rays and impressions to create a precise image of your teeth. From there, we create your personal set of aligner trays. As weeks and months progress, you will switch out the aligner trays, until you have completed the treatment plan.    

Which is better for me: braces, Invisalign, or Smiles Correct?

Both methods help you achieve a beautiful smile. The biggest deciding factors are rooted in your lifestyle and level of self-discipline. Do you prefer to “set it and forget it” or do you have the self-discipline to change aligner trays at the appropriate times? Clear aligners are great for those with great self-discipline and that prefer the subtlety of getting their teeth straightened. Braces are visible but do not require as much self-discipline since the brackets cannot be self-removed. Our team at Tilghman Orthodontics is here to help you decide which is the best method for your personal teeth goals. Making sure you choose the right one is important to us. Give us a call today! 

Contact Tilghman Orthodontics to Get Started! 

Are you ready for braces, Invisalign, or Smiles Correct? Call us today at 410-742-4813 to speak with one of our dedicated staff members and schedule a consultation. For those that prefer virtual consultations, we offer this convenient option as well. With two orthodontic offices in Berlin and Salisbury, MD, we simply make getting treatment easy. We look forward to speaking with you soon!