So you’ve decided to invest in some orthodontic work, but you’re not quite sure which option will suit you better: Invisalign or braces? As a patient, it’s important that you choose the option that will suit you best. There are a lot of factors to consider when making your decision, including look, cost and feel.

Although braces may work best for some people, others prefer Invisalign – in the long run, you need to choose the option that will give you the best and most lasting results. This is why Balmain Dentist has done some research to help you make the best decision!

How Do Orthodontic Braces Work?

These days, braces are much more comfortable and less noticeable than orthodontic braces of years ago. Braces are generally used to straighten teeth by utilising brackets attached to each tooth, a band that attaches the bracket to the tooth, and archwire, which is a thin metal wire that runs from bracket to bracket.

What this means is that over time, braces add a certain amount of pressure to the tooth to slowly move it into the right position. They are, of course, not able to be removed. Although traditionally made of metal, nowadays you can get coloured bands that add a pop of fun!

How Does Invisalign Work?

A newer option, Invisalign works to straighten a patient’s teeth without the wires and brackets needed for traditional metal braces.

A huge benefit of Invisalign is that the tooth aligners are almost completely invisible, and the aligners are also removable. This tends to make them a bit more comfortable than traditional braces. The Invisalign trays are made of a smooth, BPA-free clear plastic that gently moves your teeth into the right spot. The clear aligners are also custom-made for you, so they’ll fit your teeth perfectly!

Something to consider, however, is the Invisalign aligners needs to be removed before eating or drinking anything but water, and teeth should be brushed after each meal to avoid staining.

Invisalign or Braces – What Is Best For You?

As outlined above, both treatments – Invisalign and braces – have pros and cons associated with them. Sometimes, issues may exist where the tooth alignment is far too complex for Invisalign. Invisalign best works for minor to moderate teeth alignment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be used for complex orthodontic treatments later down the line of the process.

Although there are many modern advantages to Invisalign, such as:

  • They’re almost invisible
  • They’re removable so you can eat, drink and floss as normal,
  • No discomfort from wires

But, as outlined at the start, Invisalign may not the right option for everyone. The best way to decide what will work with you is to consult your  dentist.

So, don’t put it off any longer! If you are after orthodontic treatment, contact us today for a consultation.

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