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Carrie, 26 years old

before and afters

  Metal braces Clear braces Invisible Braces (Invisalign)
Can people see my braces? Yes, people will be able to see your braces but the brackets are small so they don't impact on your appearance. A little. Clear braces are more discreet than metal braces but because they are fitted to the front of your teeth, they are still noticeable. No. Invisalign aligners are made from clear, hospital-grade plastic which means they're virtually invisible.
Do these types of braces get results? Yes. Metal braces are the types of braces traditionally used in orthodontics and have been proven to get good results. Yes. Clear braces are based on the method used by metal braces so they straighten teeth effectively. Yes. At Cater Galante Orthodontics, we are Super Elite providers of Invisalign so can use this method to fix almost any orthodontic problem.
Can I eat while wearing braces? Yes, braces won't stop you from eating, but you will need to avoid hard, crunchy and sticky food. Yes, absolutely, but just as with metal braces, avoid hard, crunchy and sticky foods. Yes, because you can take the Invisalign aligners out at meal and snack times.
Can I clean my teeth with braces on? Yes, and we will remind you that this is very important to keep your teeth in good health. Yes, and we will remind you that this is very important to keep your teeth in good health. Yes, and because you can remove the aligners, you've got no excuse not to clean your teeth properly.
Are braces comfortable to wear? They don't hurt. They may be a little uncomfortable initially, but once you get used to them you probably won't even notice them. They don't hurt. They may be a little uncomfortable initially, but once you get used to them you probably won't even notice them. Yes. Invisalign aligners are custom made to the shape of your teeth and jaws so they are very comfortable to wear.
How much do braces cost? At Cater Galante Orthodontics, we charge the same amount for every appliance as we don't believe finance should prevent you from receiving the orthodontic treatment you need. At Cater Galante Orthodontics, we charge the same amount for every appliance as we don't believe finance should prevent you from receiving the orthodontic treatment you need. At Cater Galante Orthodontics, we charge the same amount for every appliance as we don't believe finance should prevent you from receiving the orthodontic treatment you need.

What treatment type is faster?

Both Invisalign and braces are often prescribed the same length of treatment time. Which one works faster, then becomes dependent on the Patient. If a patient, makes and keeps all their appointments, wears their aligners or cares for their braces as advised, a finished smile should be very close to what the Orthodontist prescribed.

However, there are a few things that slow treatment down.  

Missing or rescheduling appointments will take a patient off course. If appointments are missed we won't be moving your teeth at the same speed as our  Orthodontist predicts.

When wearing Invisalign a patient must commit to wear their aligners for 22 hours a day. Failing to wear them as advised will slow treatment time down.

it's that simple.  If you wear them... they work ! 
Braces have other reasons that may slow down treatment, if a patient is having many repairs or brackets replaced, ( usually from eating something they shouldn't) this will increase the treatment duration. Appointments are then spent on repairing the braces, meaning work on straightening your teeth is put off until the next appointment.

Even though we love seeing you, we want you to finish your treatment on target. So it's very important to know that treatment time heavily depends on the patient and their commitment,  compliance and care.  Follow the directions for both braces and Invisalign and you will love the results and  we will all enjoy the time we spend together.

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