For many years people have been having braces, often metal ones as a teenager. These were once the only option for patients seeking orthodontic treatment. 96% of people have reported that a smile is one of the most important aspects of a person’s appearance. Interestingly, research has found that people with straight teeth are 21% more likely to be seen as happy. 47% more likely to be viewed as being healthy and 38% more likely to be perceived as smart. Therefore, to develop that ideal smile individuals often turn to cosmetic density, Invisalign, and braces.

As research has developed over the years, new options have been developed. This has opened up various choices for patients and created a choice for preferred treatments. Whether you want to straighten crowded teeth, close a gap in your teeth, or correct a bite, the overall goal of Invisalign and traditional braces is the same; to bring your teeth into better alignment. However, with options come questions and uncertainty about the best route. Here at Cheslyn Hay, we will take you through the differences between Invisalign and traditional braces.

What Is An Invisalign Brace?

The Invisalign treatment is a series of clear, aligners that have been custom-made for each individual. Your dentist will use X-rays, pictures, and impressions to create a precise 3D image of your teeth and to configure your aligner trays accordingly. These trays are then placed over the patient’s teeth to gently moved them into the desired place. This is done the same as traditional braces by simply applying pressure to the teeth. The number of aligners required depends on the severity of the teeth initially. These are then changed weekly or fortnightly depending on your dentist’s plan.

Difference In Treatment Time

In general, the treatment time varies based on the severity of the teeth initially. However, in general, Invisalign is usually faster than traditional braces. Invisalign involves aligners being worn between 22 and 24 hours a day and can last for six to 18 months. However, traditional braces are permanently fixed to a patient’s teeth and can last up to two years or more.

Activity Level

Which brace you choose can also impact your daily habits such as exercise. Invisalign is the ideal option for individuals who participate in contact sports. From rugby, football, or hockey the majority of team sports have some level of contact. This chance of impact to the mouth could damage a traditional brace as well as potentially hurt the individual. However, with Invisalign, patients can wear a regular mouthguard while safely storing their aligners until after the game.

True Effectiveness

Both traditional braces and Invisalign are effective treatments for straightening teeth. This can also improve your smile, confidence, and overall dental hygiene. One challenge with Invisalign is remembering to place the aligners back on your teeth and not misplacing them. Patients need to be strict with themselves and follow the recommended time to wear the trays.

Although, depending on your orthodontic problem, varies which treatment is best. Invisalign is more commonly used for patients with moderate crowding of the front teeth. On the other hand, traditional braces are considered more effective for more severe issues. Research has shown that in 10% of cases involving complex tooth movement, fixed braces are the better option.

Main Benefits Of Invisalign

  • Ideal for patients requiring a discreet method
  • Overall Invisalign is faster than traditional braces
  • Need mild or moderate tooth movement
  • Aligners are removable, allowing for eating, drinking, and overall dental hygiene
  • Comfortable as no wires or brackets are required therefore now mouth ulcers
  • Plastic is used so ideal for people with metal allergies

Next Steps With Cheslyn Hay Dental

Overall, Invisalign and traditional braces are two separate approaches to straightening your teeth. Both have their pros and cons depending on the severity of your problem. Your dental orthodontic will advise you on the best solution for you and what will work best. However, the final decision is always up to you. To find out what is best for you, contact Cheslyn Hay Dental Practice today. We are more than happy to help guide you during your appointment.