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11 Apr

Invisalign Vs Braces

Invisalign Vs Braces

Invisalign Vs Braces

iSmile Orthodontics offers a wide range of orthodontic treatment to our patients. There is much to consider when deciding what form of treatment suits you, your teeth and your lifestyle which is why we want to provide you with a comprehensive overview of our three most common treatment methods. Traditional metal braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign. Here is an introduction and pro and con list for each treatment style to help you make an informed decision.

Traditional Metal Braces

Sometimes referred to as train tracks, metal braces are a very common option for those seeking orthodontic treatment. Metal cages are glued onto each individual tooth and a wire connecting them is put in place and routinely tightened. This tightening encourages the teeth to move into the correct alignment according to the treatment plan your orthodontist will have outlined.

Pros

  • Can move teeth further and therefore correct more extreme, complicated problems
  • Treatment is usually the cheapest option, depending on its length
  • Colours of the brackets can be changed
  • Can move teeth more quickly
  • Patients can’t remove the braces themselves so treatment is consistent
  • The most versatile option in terms of treatment possibilities

Cons

  • Visually obvious
  • Cannot be removed
  • Need ongoing visits to the orthodontist to have the wires tightened
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is a priority
  • A retainer is needed after the braces are removed
  • Limited diet
  • Must wear a mouth guard if playing contact sports
  • Can be uncomfortable and painful

Ceramic Braces

Much like their metal cousins, ceramic braces work by fitting a bracket to each tooth and having a training wire running between them. However, the brackets are made from either clear or enamel coloured material and are therefore barely noticeable in your mouth. Just like metal braces, you need to visit your orthodontist every month to get the wires tightened.

Pros

  • Less obvious
  • Can move teeth further and therefore correct more extreme, complicated problems
  • Treatment can be cheaper, depending on its length
  • Can move teeth more quickly
  • Patients can’t remove the braces themselves so treatment is consistent

Cons

  • Cannot be removed
  • Need ongoing visits to the orthodontist to have the wires tightened
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is a priority
  • A retainer is needed after the braces are removed
  • More brittle than metal braces and cannot withstand such extreme treatments
  • Limited diet
  • Must wear a mouth guard if playing contact sports
  • Can be uncomfortable and painful
  • Not always useable on bottom teeth
  • More expensive than metal braces

Invisalign

The development of Invisalign almost two decades ago revolutionised orthodontic treatment because it gave patients who were self-conscious an alternative. Invisalign works using a series of retainers or trays which are created using 3D x-rays of your teeth. These trays will be changed every couple of weeks to gently move the teeth into place. Your orthodontist will tell you how often to change the trays and give you several sets at a time between appointments.

Pros

  • Barely noticeable – they’re effectively invisible and therefore great for self-conscious patients
  • Removable
  • Easy to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the treatment
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Won’t get food trapped in them
  • Fewer trips to the orthodontist

Cons

  • More expensive
  • Only some orthodontists are licensed to fit them – here at iSmile we have fully qualified Invisalign certified orthodontists
  • Cannot address severe malocclusion or bite problems
      – Back bites
      – Bridgework
      – Canines or premolar rotations
      – Move teeth vertically
  • A retainer is needed after the braces are removed
  • Work more slowly
  • Requires discipline from the wearer
  • Must remove every time you want to eat or drink (asides from water)
  • Need to be regularly brushed to stop the Invisalign mould from staining
  • Can lose the trays

It is important to consider not only the time you are going to wear your braces but the end result you wish to achieve from your orthodontic treatment. A sacrifice for a year or two should be worth it for your perfect smile. Our experienced orthodontists are happy to recommend the most efficient and practical form of treatment for your mouth. While it is ultimately your decision, impartial and professional advice is always valuable. Make an appointment today to meet with an iSmile orthodontist and begin your orthodontic treatment the way you want.