Braces or Tooth Aligners?
Dr. Buchanan Has The Answer!
You know you’d like to straighten your teeth—not just so they look great
but so they operate the way they should.
You’ve done your homework
and understand how properly aligned teeth are easier to keep clean and
Properly aligned jaws can prevent TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
jaw pain and prevent wear and breaking of teeth.
What now? Must you
go all out with braces, or can you accomplish the same thing with tooth
Orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Buchanan is glad you asked.
Since she opened her orthodontic practice in 1996, Dr. Buchanan
and her team have pioneered the latest orthodontic technology in a
relaxed, clean, and professional environment. In 2005 she introduced
her patients to Damon braces, which can move jaws and teeth to widen
your smile and reduce gum recession. With Damon braces, she can
correct underbites, overbites, crossbites, and crowding without the use
of expanders, extractions, surgery, headgear, or Herbst appliances. The
results have been astounding for thousands of her patients.
“One of the questions we hear a lot is, ‘Can my bite be fixed with aligners
alone?’”, Dr. Buchanan stated. “In most cases, tooth aligners alone won’t
correct complex bites. Aligners work great for minor cosmetic changes.
Trying to use aligners for complex dental problems such as narrow jaws,
gum recession, severe crowding, overbites, underbites, etc., are like
putting a Band-Aid on a broken arm.” For orthodontic treatment it is
important to use Dr. Buchanan, who is an orthodontist with specialized
training in the science of tooth movement and aligning jaws.
Dr. Buchanan explained that with aligners she has to glue attachments
to the patient’s teeth. “Often, there are multiple attachments and they
can be the same size of a clear brace,” she said. “Also, with aligners, you
need to wear your trays a minimum of 22 hours today to get the correct
movement. If you don’t wear your trays as directed, the technology won’t
work. Aligners are 100 percent compliance driven. Many patients find
that, even with the aligners, they still have to wear braces and elastics to
get the desired tooth movement.”
For some patients, aligner treatment is a great option—but not for all.
“Aligners are extremely useful for aesthetic purposes and simple dental
crowding issues,” Dr. Buchanan said. “Damon orthodontic braces are
functional and work efficiently for correcting complex tooth and jaw
problems. Damon braces can also be expected to work faster than
aligners at closing gaps and straightening teeth.”
Which is right for you? Call (972)-542-4412 or visit McKinneyBraces.com
and schedule your free initial consultation with Dr. Buchanan to find out.