Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Teeth Alignment Option is Right for You?

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Invisalign vs. Braces: Which Teeth Alignment Option is Right for You?

Invisalign vs. Braces

Thinking about cosmetic or functional teeth alignment options? Dental alignments can be a big and sometimes pricey commitment. Unlike teeth whitening, there are many factors from lifestyle, price, to your specific alignment needs. Deciding which approach is best for you is therefore crucial to the success of your long term teeth alignment treatment. Although, you should keep in mind that you should always listen to your dental specialist, and not every option will available depending on the nature of your teeth alignment needs.

Invisalign

Invisalign are designed to be invisible! They are comfortable, BPA-free clear plastic trays worn over your teeth which provide some gentle force to align your teeth. Your dental specialists model these trays based on X-rays, impressions, and pictures of your teeth.

The process begins with a consultation with your dental specialist, who will use X-rays, impressions, and photographs of your teeth to create a personalized treatment plan. The Invisalign trays, made from a comfortable and BPA-free clear plastic, are custom-designed to fit over your teeth.

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing. This feature enhances convenience and makes maintaining good oral hygiene easier throughout the treatment.

Throughout the treatment duration, you will progress through a series of aligners, each slightly adjusting the position of your teeth. Regular check-ups with your dental specialist will ensure the treatment is progressing as planned.

Invisalign is popular for its discreet appearance, comfort, and flexibility. It is an excellent option for individuals who want to achieve a straighter smile without the noticeable appearance of traditional braces.

Braces

Braces are usually small metal or ceramic brackets which are fixed to your teeth. They work by using wires and rubber bands to pull and push your teeth into alignment. You can get ceramic brackets similar in colour to your teeth enamel, making them more discreet.

Braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to correct misaligned teeth and achieve a straighter smile. These devices consist of small brackets, typically made of metal or ceramic, which are securely fixed to the teeth. The brackets are connected by wires and often supplemented with rubber bands, working together to exert gentle pressure on the teeth, gradually guiding them into the desired alignment.

Metal braces are the traditional type, easily recognizable by their silver appearance. They are durable and effective in addressing various orthodontic issues. On the other hand, ceramic braces offer a more discreet option, as the brackets can be made to match the color of the teeth enamel, making them less noticeable.

The treatment process involves regular adjustments by your orthodontist, who will modify the wires and make necessary changes to continue guiding the teeth into their correct positions. Braces are highly versatile and can address a wide range of dental misalignments, including crowded teeth, gaps, overbites, and underbites.

While wearing braces, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practices to prevent issues like tooth decay and gum problems. The treatment duration varies depending on individual cases, but the end result is a beautifully aligned and functional smile. After the braces are removed, a retainer may be recommended to help maintain the achieved alignment.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Consideration  Invisalign Braces
Treatment Effectiveness
  • Generally effective for the majority teeth alignments
  • However, effectiveness may depend on the patients compliance to treatment – this means you get the best result depending on how well you follow the instructions of your specialist
  • Braces are the most effective form of long term teeth alignment
  • Compliance is less of an issue as the braces are fixed in place and cannot be removed
Lifestyle impact
  • One of the biggest benefits of Invisalign is that it is removable, meaning you can enjoy all the food you love without worrying about it getting stuck
  • Cleaning and maintenance are important and time-consuming aspect of having braces
  • Failure to adequately clean the braces can lead to poor oral hygiene and bad breath
Treatment Duration
  • 6 -18 months
  • Can depend on adherence to wearing the trays
  • 6 Months – 2 Years
  • Depends on the extent of your alignment needs
Adjustment Frequency
  • You will need to visit your dental specialist every 4-6 weeks for adjustments and new trays
  • Adjustments usually made every 4-6 weeks
Appearance
  • Invisible (clear)
  • White (discrete)
  • Silver
  • Coloured
Cost
  • $5000 – $7500
  • $3500 – $6500

Summary

There many factors which influence the best fit for your cosmetic teeth alignment. And as always, you should take the advice of your dental specialist about which option is right for you. In some rare and more drastic teeth and structural alignments, Invisalign may not a viable option. Instead, braces might be favoured in order to get the best long-term outcome. While braces are generally easier on the wallet, they can have more of an impact on your day to day life. If you have any questions, Haberfield Dental Practice can help you with it.

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