Looking for an effective orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth? Invisalign® and traditional braces are both worth considering, but how can you tell which option is right for you? Our Delta dentists share a few tips to help you decide.
Every Smile is Unique
Every one of our patient's needs are unique, and each smile is different. That's why, when it comes down to comparing the pros and cons of Invisalign vs metal braces your first step will be deciding what features are your priorities for orthodontic treatment.
Traditional Metal Braces
For our patients who are more concerned about function over style, metal braces can be an ideal orthodontic treatment option. Metal braces have seen many improvements over the years and are very effective at fixing complex misalignment issues, closing gaps and aligning teeth.
Correcting your smile issues with braces can take anywhere from 18 months to 3 years, although there is often a noticeable difference within a relatively short period of time.
During your treatment with braces, you will be required to attend frequent adjustment appointments, and may need to give up some foods that you enjoy but which could damage braces.
Many adults weighing up the pros and cons of braces feel that they will be very self-conscious about wearing traditional metal braces.
Invisalign's clear aligners are almost completely invisible when worn, meaning that hardly anyone will notice your orthodontic treatment. As you are straightening your teeth with Invisalign, you will be able to enjoy your evolving smile while you continue to straighten your teeth.
Because Invisalign aligners are removable, there is no need to give up any of the foods you love. Whether you are at the movies, or on a business lunch, just remove your aligners and store them in their handy case while you enjoy all of your favourite foods.
The smooth plastic Invisalign aligners may feel more comfortable for some people 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.
In the end, the treatment you choose to straighten your smile will depend upon your personal preferences balanced with the severity and complexity of your orthodontic issue.