If you're wondering whether to turn to Invisalign clear aligners or traditional metal braces to straighten your smile, our Delta dentists are here to offer some advice for determining the best treatment option for you.
Braces may be the ideal way to correct tooth misalignment issues for patients who aren't bothered by the bulky appearance of this orthodontic treatment option.
Traditional metal braces are an effective way to correct many complex misalignment and spacing issues.
Typically, correcting orthodontic issues with metal braces can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, however tooth movement is noticeable in a fairly short amount of time.
Invisalign treatment is also effective at correcting misalignment issues, but Invisalign offers you a more discreet way to straighten your teeth without bulky metal braces.
The primary benefits of Invisalign treatment are that the clear aligners are removable, and almost impossible to see when worn.
With Invisalign there are no brackets and wires to irritate the inside of your mouth. Invisalign's aligners are made from a smooth clear plastic which may also help to make Invisalign treatment more comfortable than orthodontic treatment with metal braces.
Treatment times will vary based on the extent and severity of your tooth misalignment issue, however the average duration of Invisalign® treatment is somewhere between 6 and 18 months.
It's important to note that when compared to metal braces, the shorter average treatment time is primarily a result of the fact that Invisalign® is often considered a gentler, less invasive option perfectly suited for treating less complex misalignment issues.
Average treatment times are also is based the patient adhering to the treatment instructions provided by their dentist. Wearing the Invisalign aligners for the prescribed 20 - 22 hours every day, throughout the duration of treatment, is essential for achieving the desired results within the timeframe laid out in the personalized treatment plan.
Your treatment will take longer if you wear your aligners less frequently than prescribed, or for shorter durations each day.
Both Invisalign clear aligners and traditional metal braces are effective orthodontic treatment options for correcting many simple and complex dental issues. Deciding which of these options is right for you will depend upon a combination of your personal preferences, the severity of your misalignment issues, and the recommendations of your dentist.