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Braces vs Invisilign

Are you considering straightening your teeth, or your kid’s teeth? Do you need help knowing the differences in treatments between braces and Invisalign?

We've done our best to answer these questions for you below.

What are Braces?

Braces are the classic and most commonly used technique in orthodontics.

Braces are made with high quality stainless steel or ceramic brackets, which are glued to the front of the teeth and are connected together by wires and tiny rubber bands.

This application moves the teeth by applying constant force and pressure on the teeth. Nowadays, braces are smaller, more comfortable, and more attractive then they have ever been.

An alternative to the typical metal braces are clear ceramic brackets. Clear ceramic braces are made to match the colour of your teeth enamel giving a more discreet look, allowing the natural beauty of your smile to shine.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic technique, which is designed to straighten your teeth without all the wires and brackets, making them virtually invisible.

They consist of custom made aligner trays made of BPA-free clear plastic that are worn over your teeth. These aligners help to gradually and gently shift your teeth into place which are switched out approximately every 2 weeks until treatment is complete. A Precise 3-D image of your teeth will be made from x-rays, photos and impressions to configure your aligner trays accordingly.

This process allows you to achieve a beautiful smile with relative ease, and above all with discretion. Invisalign is limited by more complex orthodontic cases.

Which Treatment is Better?

Both treatments (Braces & Invisalign) have their own pros and cons and will depend on the individual and the complexity of the case. Here is a short list to give you a quick comparison of the two orthodontic treatment methods.

A major deciding factor between the two options is the complexity of the specific case. If issues need to be addressed to back teeth, tooth rotation or moving teeth vertically, Invisalign may not be an option for you.

Overall, it is important to visit an orthodontist that provides both braces and Invisalign, so you may receive the most effective treatment for obtaining that perfect smile without any bias.  All of our sponsored specialists offer Invisalign as a possible option.

After looking at both sides of these orthodontic techniques, choosing one over the other still might be a challenging choice. To provide a simpler overview, if you or your child have a tendency to be self-conscious, Invisalign might be a better fit. Also, the idea that you can remove the aligner trays to eat, drink and clean your teeth naturally may be an appealing one.

On the other hand, you must remember that the success rate of Invisalign treatment depends solely on the patients willingness to wear the trays. If you don’t wear them, they won’t work! (These removable trays need to be worn for 22+ hours per day). Also, if you misplace the aligner tray it may cause a delay to treatment.

Lingual Braces

In a time where braces are becoming ever more popular for adults, we would like to inform you about an alternative orthodontic treatment that is somewhat unknown, permitting you to explore all available options.

Lingual braces, are a teeth straightening alternative which are practically invisible, allowing you to hide treatment. Lingual braces are custom fit metal brackets and wires that are designed to be placed on the inside of the teeth, rather than the outside, concealing them from your natural smile. Sometimes treatment may require the use of rubber bands to help move teeth into position. If this is the case, regular effort to maintain this method of treatment is a must.

Due to the fact that lingual braces are on the inside of the teeth, they may interfere with the patients tongue, causing initial speech difficulties (Speech will improve over time). Lingual braces tend to be more expensive than regular braces, because they are entirely custom fit for your teeth.

Treatment is usually longer with appointments being more frequent and requiring more time. In general, this option is perfect for someone looking to avoid the look of braces, but will come with a cost increase.

The choice to straighten your teeth and improve your oral health should not be taken lightly, especially with the various treatment options offered. Consulting with a practiced orthodontist is the 1st step. Allow us to get you in contact with one of our sponsored orthodontists in your area quickly and easily.