Braces vs Invisalign – Which One Works better?

Jun 11, 2019 | Dental Information

Braces have been popular for decades, but modern advancements now give you more choices. Invisalign braces, the translucent, nearly invisible braces, are rapidly dethroning traditional braces for multiple reasons. It is visually discreet so if you are at a distance, they are barely visible. They are easy to look after, don’t prohibit you from eating your favourite foods or drinks and don’t break off when you bite into hard foods. All you need to remember is to remove them before a meal.

But do they weigh against braces in terms of price or durability? Can anyone of any age wear them? Are they easy to clean? Do they make the mouth sore like braces can? Get a bite of this:

Invisalign vs Braces? 3 Important Questions to Consider to Make a Choice

Are you committed or commitment-phobic?

Invisalign works almost immediately. It starts realigning your teeth soon after the treatment begins. But you need to be committed to wearing it with dedication to make it work for you. If children forget to wear them frequently or adults ignore the importance of daily wear due to their busy routine, the aligners may not be the ideal choice for successful orthodontic treatment. You may be better off with traditional braces.

Do you have mild, moderate or complex teeth misalignment?
Earlier, Invisalign was restricted to correct mild to moderate teeth impairment. But now, advanced technology allows Invisalign to address more complex misalignment. What makes it challenging for children is their speedy growth and anatomy changes that make it hard for them to stick with a removable appliance such as Invisalign.

Are aesthetics more important to you or convenience?
Conventional braces are equipped with wires and brackets that may not appeal to those looking for visual appeal. They collect undesirable buildup, discolour teeth and are difficult to clean. Sticky foods are hard to pull off from metal braces. The wires and brackets of braces tend to hurt the inside of the cheeks and lips, causing soreness during periodic adjustments or tightening. They are also prone to breaking if adequate care is not observed.

On the other hand, Invisalign offers more flexibility. They are aesthetically appealing and made of smooth, comfortable, transparent BPA-free plastic that allows subtle movement when worn over your teeth. In the hands of an experienced provider, the fitting can be precise. They are easy to clean, inconspicuous and make you feel better personally, socially and emotionally.

Slipacoff Dental Care: We Have Deep Roots

Dr. Lennie Slipacoff, DDS, founded his dental care clinic in 1981 to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art dental services to children and adults throughout Lambton County and the surrounding areas. We are continually investing in new dental technologies and our team receives frequent training on the latest advances in dental care to offer you the best quality, specialized dental services.

If you are still undecided about which teeth alignment treatment you should opt for, braces or Invisalign, schedule a consultation with us for an unbiased, informed opinion.