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Invisalign Vs. Metal Braces

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With today’s technology, there are numerous ways to straighten your teeth. It can be difficult to know what method will be the best for you not to waste extra money or time. At Mountain View Dental in Alamogordo, New Mexico, we offer metal braces and Invisalign to help straighten your teeth. We know that the decision can be difficult, and we want to help you get the best service for you, for the right price. We have highlighted the main differences and benefits of both Invisalign and metal braces. If you have any questions about the two of them, please let us know! 



Invisalign is the method of straightening your teeth with clear aligners. Each set of aligners is customized to fit your teeth perfectly. The aligners progressively move your teeth into a more straight position by pushing and pulling on them. You have complete control over your treatment, as the aligners are custom-made to your teeth and your desired results. You collaborate with the dentist to ensure you get the outcomes you want. Getting a straight smile is now easier than ever before.


What is the Procedure for Invisalign?

If you decide Invisalign is the right decision for you, the dentist will first have you in for a consultation. During the consultation, the dentist will go over your oral history and ensure that your teeth are strong enough for the process. Once we determine you are ready, we will take impressions of your teeth and digital x-rays. This will help us create the aligners for you. At a later date, you will return to the dentist’s office to receive your first pair of aligners. 

You should wear your Invisalign aligners for 22 hours of the day. You should only remove them to eat and brush your teeth. Each set of aligners is meant to last you 3-4 weeks; after that, you will return to the dentist’s office to get a new pair. Every pair is meant to push and pull your teeth into a straighter position. 


Benefits of Invisalign:

  • Invisalign aligners are removable, making it easy to practice thorough dental hygiene. 
  • Little to no foods are excluded from your diet. 
  • Invisalign can also correct overbite and underbites. 
  • Invisalign is a less invasive method for straightening your teeth. 


Metal Braces

Getting metal braces is the process of straightening your teeth with metal brackets and wires. The method includes one bracket per tooth that will connect to an archwire. The wire pulls on the brackets and the teeth to move them into an aligned position. While this is a more extensive procedure, the results are promising. You can get a brand new smile with metal braces!


What is the Metal Braces Procedure?

Getting metal braces can be lengthy. The dentist first needs to thoroughly clean your teeth and then dry out your mouth. This ensures that no food or bacteria will get stuck behind a bracket. Each bracket will be cemented onto the surface of your teeth. As the wire connects to each bracket, it will tug each tooth into a better position. Throughout your treatment, you will need to have your braces adjusted. You will visit the dentist to have the wires tightened to help your teeth continue to move into the desired position. 


Benefits of Metal Braces

  • This is a treatment you know will work. Thousands and thousands of people have used metal braces to straighten their teeth, and it works every time! 
  • Metal braces also work to correct overbites and underbites. 
  • You cannot lose metal braces as you can lose clear aligners. 
  • Metal braces are one of the most affordable ways to straighten your teeth! 


At Mountain View Dental, we want you to be aware of and fully understand all of your options when it comes to straightening your teeth. If you have any questions about either procedure, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!

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