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Are braces better than Invisalign?

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The question of whether braces are better than Invisalign is subjective and depends on each individual’s preferences and needs. Both treatments have their own advantages and disadvantages, and what may work for one individual may differ for another.

However, for complex cases involving more than straightening teeth, braces are often a better and more efficient option to address additional conditions, such as abnormal bites or misplaced teeth.

 

Are braces better than Invisalign?

Determining the most suitable orthodontic treatment hinges on the specific dental issue requiring correction. Thus, seeking guidance from our Specialist Orthodontist is crucial. When comparing both treatments it is essential to consider several factors such as:

Aesthetics

Despite alternatives such as clear braces and lingual braces (positioned behind teeth) being available, the Invisalign aligners are completely clear and when worn are very imperceptible in comparison to the fixed braces.

 

Comfort

The brackets and the wire from the conventional metal braces can be a bit rough and abrasive on the soft tissues in the mouth for the first few weeks. Invisalign proves to have an advantage in terms of comfort as patients find the aligners easier to adjust. The aligners consist of a clear, lightweight, soft plastic material using a 3D advance printing process. Their design allows them to fit perfectly over your teeth so that you can snap them in and out easily.

Although removable orthodontic options such as Invisalign are appealing to many patients, this freedom comes with great responsibility, particularly challenging for teenagers and busy or forgetful adults.

Adhering to wearing aligners for 20-22 hours daily and removing them before consuming anything but water demands self-discipline. Meanwhile, traditional braces are fixed to your teeth, meaning that you do not have to worry about accidentally misplacing them or forgetting to wear them.

 

Treatment duration

Usually with Invisalign you can achieve visible results in a shorter time frame (usually 12-18 months). While conventional braces may take a bit longer. This will of course depend on individual treatment and is specific to each case.

 

Invisalign Convenience

Invisalign aligners offer the advantage of being removable, making them easier to use and to keep a good oral hygiene. In contrast, conventional braces are fixed in place, making it more challenging to clean after meals as food can often get stuck between the wire and the brackets.

Also, with fixed braces, there are restrictions on eating certain hard or sticky food to prevent damage. Whereas with aligners, you can simply remove them when eating or drinking anything other than water.

 

At Pearl Dental Clinic, we provide a comprehensive approach to orthodontic care. Our experienced registered Specialist Orthodontist will conduct a thorough examination to assess your particular case. We will then create a personalised treatment plan to address your individual needs.

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