Starting a braces orthodontic treatment plan comes with many benefits. Not only will you have a more beautiful smile you can feel confident about, you’ll also enjoy improvements in your oral health and even your overall general health. Whether you want simply want straighter teeth, or you need a more intensive orthodontic solution, Corner Dentistry and Dr. Shim will customize your specific treatment plan to ensure long-lasting and quality results at the end.

Types of Braces

Innovation in the different types of braces has provided various options patients can choose between for their customized treatment plan. The two most popular options are traditional metal braces and Invisalign, both of which come with varying pros and cons. Patients can typically choose what treatment they think will work best for them, but it should be noted that in more severe bite cases, Dr. Shim will choose metal braces since this option is more effective at correcting serious jaw alignment issues.

In general, the deciding factor between these two options usually comes down to the age of the patient and whether or not they’re seeking a less noticeable treatment option. For example, braces are more popular with kids and teenagers, whereas Invisalign is more common among adults. Whatever option you choose, you’ll have a beautiful new smile to look forward to at the end.

man with braces


Although there are more competitors on the scene today, traditional metal braces are still the most popular option for those seeking an orthodontic treatment plan. Braces straighten teeth and align bites by applying pressure to the teeth and jaw through the brackets and wire to guide them into their new positions. During each adjustment appointment, we’ll insert a new wire that will continuously guide your teeth into their new positions.

Many patients’ favorite part about their adjustment appointments is choosing a new color for their rubber bands, or ligature ties. Braces can vary from a single color on each bracket, to having multiple colors used. For those who need bite alignment, a different kind of rubber band will be used between the top and bottom teeth. These bands help shift your jaw into its correct alignment.


inserting invisalign tray

For patients who want a near-invisible orthodontic treatment, Invisalign is a great option. This alternative to metal braces works through a series of aligner trays that gradually shift teeth into their new positions. If you have severe bite issues, you might be a better candidate for traditional metal braces, as that option allows more jaw alignment manipulation.

Invisalign requires a greater amount of self-discipline than braces. You’ll have to be diligent about inserting your aligner tray after eating or drinking anything that’s not water. You’ll also have to keep up good oral health to avoid food getting trapped under your tray and causing cavities. Although this might sound tedious, many patients enjoy the improved oral habits they build from their Invisalign treatment.

Dr. Shim is a certified Invisalign provider, so when you choose Corner Dentistry for your Invisalign treatment, you can rest assured you’re getting durable, FDA-approved aligner trays that are backed by a certified dentist. Other non-certified providers, or DIY aligner tray companies like Smile Direct Co., often use a cheaper plastic that can wear out quicker. By choosing Corner Dentistry, you’ll be getting the best and most durable aligners on the market.

Daily Life With Braces and Invisalign

A frequent question we get at Corner Dentistry about these two options is if one will affect daily life more than another. With both courses of treatment, you’ll experience the same discomfort that comes along with moving your teeth and jaw. This is typically at it’s most severe right after braces are initially adhered to the teeth and after each adjustment or new aligner tray is inserted. The discomfort with both can be lessened with over the count pain relievers, like Tylenol or Ibuprofen.

Day to day life will largely be the same for both braces and Invisalign patients, with the biggest difference being in food restrictions. With braces, you should avoid hard, crunchy foods that pose a risk of popping of braces. We recommend avoiding foods like nuts, pretzels, and foods you have to bite into like apples and carrots. Since Invisalign aligners are removed when eating food, those patients don’t have have to worry about food restrictions.

Braces Consultation in Phoenix

If you’re interested in seeing if braces are right for you, or what options would be a good fit for your smile, we’d be happy to set up a consultation to review your options. Dr. Shim will review your specific case, your end goals, and create a customized orthodontic treatment plan. With over a decade of experience, we’ll ensure the comfort and oral health of our patients before, during, and after their braces treatment.

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