Rebecca L. Pounds, DDS

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Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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Invisalign Versus Traditional Braces in Pittsburgh

Living without straight teeth can be challenging, especially since research has shown that an attractive smile is one of the most important parts of a positive first impression. In addition to potentially affecting your self-esteem, crooked teeth are also more prone to significant dental problems like gingivitis and periodontal disease, since tilted, misaligned teeth are more difficult to keep clean and more vulnerable to unusual wear.

Fortunately, modern orthodontic treatments are incredibly effective, giving everyone the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, straight smile. These days, many patients find themselves trying to decide between traditional metal braces and the Invisalign system, which is a series of acrylic trays designed to gradually move the teeth into place. Here are the pros and cons of metal braces and the Invisalign system, so that you can decide what will work better for your lifestyle.

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Invisalign does much of the work of traditional braces, without the inconvenience. Schedule your consultation today!

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Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces consist of metal brackets that are cemented to the front of each tooth, with a flexible wire running through the brackets. Over time, the wire is tightened, pulling the teeth into line.

Pros of Metal Braces

Cons of Metal Braces

Invisalign

To create a customized Invisalign system, your teeth will be carefully scanned and impressions will be taken. This information is then sent to a dental lab which uses CAD/CAM technology to design a series of clear retainers personalized for you. These retainers gently shift your teeth into place, all while giving you the opportunity to tailor your treatment to your everyday life.

Pros of Invisalign

Cons of Invisalign

If you are interested in orthodontic care or any other kind of cosmetic dentistry in Pittsburgh, make an appointment with Dr. Pounds. During your orthodontic consultation, Dr. Pounds can talk with you about which treatment method would work better to address your dental care needs.