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Braces vs. Invisalign

What’s the difference between Invisalign and Braces? They are both used for very similar purposes; straightening teeth and improving your smile.

Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth connected with wires and small rubber bands. You can also get clear brackets for a more subtle look.

Invisalign often referred to as “invisible braces for adults” consists of clear plastic aligners which sit over your teeth and are barely visible to the eye. The aligners are custom-made to suit every customer by making a 3D scan and X-ray of their teeth and making a mold to fit. Invisalign is made to move teeth slowly, bit by bit until the desired position is reached.

Pros and Cons of Braces

Pros:

  • Fairly Comfortable 
  • Unable to be removed

Cons:

  • Can take some getting used to 
  • Food restricitons as it may break the bracket
  • More visits required
  • Gums can get ulcerated and sore
  • Longer treatment time usually

The Pros and Cons of Invisalign

Pros:

  • Almost invisible
  • Can be taken out to eat
  • No food restrictions
  • Fewer visits required
  • Comfortable 

Cons:

  • Can take some getting used to
  • Needs changing every 1-2 weeks
  • Need to have better oral hygiene than before

Our team of experience dentists will be able to help determine the best approach to fixing these issues. Book a smile consultation today to discuss your options.