Invisalign or Braces. What is the Difference?

Invisalign or Braces. What is the Difference?

Calgary SW Dentist InvisalignInvisalign vs. Braces

When it comes to crooked teeth, the traditional solution has always been braces. But Invisalign have emerged into the dentistry industry to provide a straighter smile without the visibility of braces. Both options are designed to straighten your teeth as well as improve both your oral health and smile, so how do you decide which option is best for straightening your teeth?

Traditional Teeth Straightening with Braces

Traditionally, braces were clunky and often painful technologies. Thankfully modern dentistry has evolved to improve the classic braces, however they still consist of metal brackets which are glued onto your teeth and then fixed together with a selection of rubber bands and tiny wires. Although braces are available in a wide range of colors, even those to closely match the enamel color of your teeth, they are still quite unavoidably noticeable.

Invisalign – The Invisible Option

Invisalign are the modern-day sibling of braces, having first entered the scene in the year 2000. Although Invisalign do not have the same history as braces, they have since then gained the popularity vote due to their invisibility. Invisalign works through a series of comfortable and smooth clear plastic aligner trays that are customized to your mouth through the use of X-rays, impressions and 3D images of your teeth. Your dentist will work with you to continuously monitor and fit the series of aligner trays as your teeth begin to straighten.

Invisalign vs Braces, How do they Look?

For many people the most important differentiating factor is the element of invisibility. Invisalign gained their name thanks to their almost entire invisibility. For many, simply the look of braces is enough to put them off ever having those crooked teeth fixed, and being offered a less noticeable solution comes as a godsend after years of living with crooked teeth.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign have become a popular choice for people looking to straighten crooked teeth, many Invisalign supporters put their choice down entirely to their invisible look. However, some of the other benefits to Invisalign also include their ability to be removed when needed as well as their lack of wires and small parts – with Invisalign you do not have to face difficulties eating, issues with food getting caught or the discomfort from wires that come with traditional braces.

Second, Invisalign is a winning choice due to the ease of keeping both the device and your teeth clean. With braces, patients could run the small risk of their teeth becoming discolored during the duration of their treatment, therefore leaving noticeable marks on the teeth following braces removal. Invisalign on the other can can be easily removed when needed so that you can continue to brush and clean your teeth as easily and regularly as you do on a regular day-to-day. The Invisalign trays themselves are also easy to keep clean throughout the time that they are being used.

If you are interested to learn more about Invisalign options and what to expect, please contact our team for a consultation. Our team will help evaluate whether Invisalign would be a suitable option for you, walk you through the processes, and answer any questions you may have.