Invisalign and braces are both effective orthodontic solutions.
Choosing to go ahead with an orthodontic treatment is a big decision that should not be taken lightly. It is important to consider all your options before making a decision regarding which type of treatment is best for you. In this blog post, we will compare Invisalign and braces to help you decide which option is right for you. Keep in mind that every case is different, so be sure to consult with your orthodontist to get specific advice about what would work best for your smile, depending on your particular concerns and desired result.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign involves the use of a series of clear plastic aligners. The aligners, which are custom-made, work by applying pressure to the teeth, gradually forcing them into a new (and better) position over time.
There are a number of benefits to choosing clear aligners like Invisalign. Because they are made from clear plastic, they are virtually invisible. This makes them an ideal option for those who would like a discreet orthodontic solution. They are also very comfortable to wear, and do not involve the use of any metal components that can cause cuts and scratches.
Clear aligners are removeable, which makes it easy to maintain one’s usual oral hygiene habits. There are also no dietary restrictions with Invisalign as one can simply take out the aligners before eating and drinking.
What is the downside of Invisalign?
Although Invisalign is a highly effective treatment and can be used to resolve a range of issues, it is important to note that certain complex problems are better treated with other orthodontic appliances. Your orthodontist will let you know if Invisalign is an appropriate option for your particular issue.
If you choose to go ahead with Invisalign treatment, you will need to have some self-discipline throughout the course of the process. It is important that you wear your aligners for approximately 20 and 22 hours every day, and that you remove them only for eating, drinking and cleaning. It is also essential that you practice proper oral hygiene and that you clean your aligners regularly — this will ensure that you prevent issues like tooth decay and bad breath.
Why consider braces?
If you are struggling with a complex orthodontic issue, you may benefit from braces rather than clear aligners. In fact, braces generally achieve highly effective results even in severe cases.
One of the advantages of braces is that they require less responsibility than clear aligners. They cannot be removed for eating and drinking, and while this means that there are some dietary restrictions, there are generally no issues with compliance. It is important to note, however, that oral hygiene is very important throughout the course of treatment in order to remove plaque and avoid discolouration and stains on the surface of the teeth.
How can we help?
At Straight Orthodontics, we understand that every patient is different. If you would like to straighten your smile or address a bite-related problem, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can get to know your specific needs and aesthetic goals. We will examine your teeth and jaws and guide you through the treatment that is most appropriate for you. We will also let you know what to expect in terms of cost, as well as the benefits of each form of treatment. We will help you make an informed decision so that you feel properly equipped before beginning your orthodontic journey.
We offer a broad range of orthodontic solutions, including conventional metal braces; ceramic braces; clear aligners; and retainers. We also offer early orthodontic treatment, which helps to reduce the severity of problems and encourages healthy young smiles.
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