Invisalign® and traditional braces are both effective orthodontic treatments, but how can you tell which option is right for you? Our Straight Smile BC dentists share a few tips to help you decide.
Your Smile is Unique
Every one of our patient's needs are different, and each smile is unique. Which is why, when it comes down to comparing the pros and cons of Invisalign vs traditional braces your first step will be deciding what features are your priorities when it comes to orthodontic treatment.
For people who are more concerned about function over style, metal braces can be the ideal orthodontic treatment choice. Traditional metal braces have seen many improvements over the years and are very effective at fixing complex misalignment issues, closing gaps and aligning teeth.
Straightening your smile with braces typically takes between 18 months to 3 years, although there is often a noticeable difference within a relatively short period of time.
Throughout your orthodontic treatment with braces, you will need to attend frequent adjustment appointments, and may need to give up some foods that you enjoy but which could damage braces.
When weighing up orthodontic treatment options, many adult feel that they would be very self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces.
Made from thin clear plastic, Invisalign aligners are almost completely invisible when worn. Which mean's hardly anyone will notice that you're straightening your teeth. The thin clear aligners allow you to enjoy your smile as it evolves.
Invisalign aligners are also removable so there is no need to give up any of the foods you love. Whether you're on a date-night at the movies, or at a business lunch, simply remove your aligners and store them in their handy case while you enjoy all of your favourite foods.
Comfort is bound to be one of your main considerations when choosing an orthodontic treatment option. Many people find that Invisalign's smooth plastic aligners feel more comfortable than the wires and brackets that come along with traditional braces.
While Invisalign can treat many orthodontic issues, it is often used to treat less severe and less complex misalignment problems. So that Invisalign tends to be considered a more gentle and less invasive option.
Ultimately, the treatment you choose to straighten your smile will depend upon your personal preferences balanced with the severity and complexity of your orthodontic issue.