A straight smile can go a long way, especially for adults. You may find that your relationships, business and self-confidence get a major boost when your teeth are straight and balanced. If you have teeth that are gapped, crowded, crooked or misaligned, what are your options as an adult? Thankfully, you aren’t limited to traditional metal braces like you were when you were a kid. In fact, modern orthodontics offers some excellent solutions for adults who want minimal treatment time and maximum discretion when it comes straightening their teeth.
At Avalon Dental Group, we offer two of the most popular options available in adult orthodontics, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Knowing the differences between these treatment methods can help you decide which one fits your needs and lifestyle best.
- Invisalign relies on an advanced clear aligner system. The clear, removable aligners fit snugly over your teeth and by changing them out every few weeks, your teeth are gradually moved into ideal position. Invisalign is barely noticeable to others and can be easily removed for eating, brushing and flossing. Comfort and discretion are maximized with this treatment option.
- Six Month Smiles
- Six Month Smiles is essentially clear braces that shift the teeth in a faster and more efficient timeframe than traditional braces. By focusing solely on the aesthetics of your smile instead of bite misalignment, Six Month Smiles can get the job done much quicker than metal braces or even Invisalign. As its name implies, the average treatment time is just six months. In addition, Six Month Smiles is more affordable than Invisalign. However, if you’re wanting an orthodontic treatment that is more comfortable or less awkward to wear, Invisalign may be the way to go.
As long as your clinical needs can be achieved with both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, the choice ultimately comes down to your personal preference. They are both rather discreet and convenient options, but the key differences in cost and treatment time may sway you one way or the other depending on what is more important to you.
At Avalon Dental Group, we are happy to discuss your options in adult braces. We will take time with you to explain the pros and cons of Invisalign and Six Month Smiles so that you can make the smartest investment for your particular lifestyle and budget. Remember, it is never too late to straighten your smile!