So you need to have your teeth realigned and wonder what options you have. There are many different conditions that can lead you to this spot such as overbite, under bite, cross bite and many more. Regardless of what your conditions are we can help you and your family. Well, here at Burrow Welchel & Culp Orthodontics we want to keep you informed about your options. Two of the most popular and used methods of tooth straightening are orthodontic braces and Invisalign orthodontic aides.

So what are these two methods and what do they do? Which is best for me and how will it affect my life? These are great questions that we will try to help answer in this post, but remember for full details specific to your personal treatment you will need to see an orthodontist first to truly assess your needs.

Orthodontic Braces

This method of straightening has been around for many, many years. In fact, some of your parents and even grandparents may have had these type of straighteners as they were growing up or even as an adult. What are commonly called just braces are composed of metal wires that run between your teeth and affix to your teeth with small metal or resin plates. These are not removable items and you may need special training on how to care for them. Some foods are to be avoided and tightening or adjustments might need to be made on a regular basis. This method of aligning the teeth are also preferred in more complicated and longer term orthodontic cases.


These devices are made of 3D printed molds that are specifically made for that individual’s mouth. This is done by taking a mold of your mouth and then printing them to slowly align your teeth in several steps. Invisalign pieces are removable and may be worn during the day or at night depending on your personal plan. These plastic molds have to be changed about every two weeks and are removable. Your diet can stay the same, but you have to remember to clean and reapply your aligners as soon as you can after eating. This type of straightener is for those with who do not want to have metal and other noticeable dental appliances in their mouth. If you have a public face and want to keep your smile natural this could help.

Which one is For Me?

Well, this is a good question that is dependent on many factors. These include the severity of your problem. Your insurance coverage, and of course what your orthodontist suggests will also factor into the decision on what treatment is best for you or your loves ones.

No matter what decision is made on which treatment will be better for you, we are here to make sure you get the best orthodontic care available. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or go to our contact us page and leave us a note. We are always eager to hear from you and your family.


Dr Sam Burrow D.D.S., D.M.D. – Dr. Burrow was born in Charlotte and moved to Charleston to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Biology at the College of Charleston. He graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, and then stayed to earn a D.M.D. with honors at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Burrow completed his orthodontic residency at University of Detroit Mercy in Michigan and is now in practice with his father at Burrow Welchel & Culp Orthodontics in the Charlotte area.