Invisalign® and traditional braces are both effective orthodontic treatments worth considering, but how can you tell which option is right for you? Our BC Straight Smile dentists share a few insights to help you decide.
Your Smile is Unique
Each smile is unique, and the orthodontic treatment requirements of each patient are also unique. Which is why, when it comes to deciding whether Invisalign clear aligners or traditional metal braces are the best treatment option for you the first step should be to decide what features are your priorities for orthodontic treatment.
If the idea of wearing metal braces doesn't make you feel self-conscious, braces could be an ideal orthodontic treatment option for you!
Traditional metal braces have seen a host of improvements over the years and are very effective at fixing complex misalignment issues, closing gaps and aligning teeth.
Correcting orthodontic bite and misalignment issues with braces typically takes anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, although you will likely see a notable difference within a relatively short period of time.
Straightening your teeth with braces will require frequent adjustment appointments, and you may need to (temporarily) give up some of the foods that you love while you have braces.
Many adults considering orthodontic treatment feel that they would be self-conscious about wearing braces and are eager to learn more about discreet, lower-profile treatment options such as Invisalign.
Invisalign's clear aligners are made from thin clear plastic, making them almost invisible when worn. That means when you straighten your smile with Invisalign hardly anyone will notice that you are straightening your teeth.
The clear aligners allow you to enjoy your smile each step of the way as it transforms, no waiting for your braces to be removed to see your treatment results.
Invisalign aligners are also removable so there is no need to give up any of the foods you love. Whether you are on a business lunch or at the movies, simply remove your aligners then go ahead and enjoy the freedom to eat whatever you love.
If comfort is one of your key priorities, many Invisalign patients report that they find the smooth plastic aligners more comfortable than the bulky wires and brackets that come with traditional braces.
While Invisalign can treat many orthodontic issues from the most simple to more complex, aligners are most often used to treat less severe tooth misalignment issues. Giving Invisalign a reputation as a more gentle and less invasive orthodontic treatment option.
The bottom line is that the best orthodontic treatment for you will balance your personal preferences with your orthodontic treatment requirements.