At Tooth Crusader, I love giving people beautiful straight teeth and the smile of their dreams. Straight teeth give you confidence, improve socialisation and boost your mood. But there are different types of teeth straightening options to choose from, so let me help you learn more about the benefits of Invisalign vs. braces.
Invisalign vs Braces: Which is Better?
Both Invisalign and braces are effective methods for straightening teeth; however, I believe that Invisalign offers a greater number of benefits over traditional braces while still providing successful teeth straightening.
Braces are the traditional option for straightening teeth. They use metal brackets which are attached to your teeth and connected by wires to move the teeth into the correct position.
Benefits of Braces vs. Invisalign
- Better for Complex Cases
In some cases, there may be overlapping orthodontic issues that can’t be addressed by Invisalign trays. In these situations, it may be advisable to get traditional braces. However, most malocclusions can be easily fixed with Invisalign trays.
Cons of Braces vs. Invisalign
While braces are effective, they are also much more noticeable than Invisalign aligner trays. Traditional braces use metal materials such as brackets and wires to move teeth. These types of braces can make people feel self-conscious, and it can affect their social life.
When it comes to eating and oral hygiene with braces vs. Invisalign, braces can pose a significant challenge. Many foods get stuck in your brackets which means that you may need to modify your diet. You will also need to alter your oral hygiene techniques to more effectively remove food and plaque buildup from around brackets and wires.
Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic trays that are changed every 1-2 weeks to guide your teeth into the correct position gradually.
Using Invisalign clear aligners means that you will not have to change your diet or habits, so you can still enjoy your favourite foods.
Benefits of Invisalign vs Braces
The biggest benefits of Invisalign vs. braces is that they are almost invisible. Where braces have large metal bracket and coloured wires, Invisalign uses clear plastic trays that form to your teeth so that the aligners look invisible even in photos. This means that wearing Invisalign aligners will be less disruptive to your work and social life.
To straighten your teeth it typically takes 8-18 months for traditional braces, while Invisalign only takes 4-10 months to help you achieve a straighter smile. Results using Invisalign can been seen quickly, and you will only need to see myself every 4 weeks for about 15 minutes, and the best thing is that there are no adjustments or tightening of wires, just a quick check and new set of clear aligner trays.
Many of my patients report that Invisalign trays are more comfortable to wear than braces. Invisalign trays are customised for your mouth and constructed from smooth 3D printed plastic that won’t snag or scratch the soft tissues of your mouth.
Before treatment, I take digital impressions of your mouth using our iTero or 3M True Definition 3D scanner. We will be able to create a possible simulation in minutes using the advanced software. I then will send your impression and photos off to Invisalign to create a complete plan, which comes back in just a few days. After this, we will discuss the plan and once you say yes, we order your clear aligners. About 10 days later your Invisalign kit will arrive and I will guide you through how to insert and remove your trays.
When it comes to the convenience of braces vs. Invisalign, Invisalign is the clear choice. Invisalign clear aligners only need to be worn for 20-22 hours per day which means that you can remove them when you eat and brush your teeth. So there is no need to modify your diet or oral hygiene routine. However, to achieve the best results, I suggest wearing them for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
We also offer complementary Philips Zoom Teeth Whitening treatment after completing your Invisalign program to give you a brighter smile.
The Final Word
When comparing braces vs. Invisalign, I believe that Invisalign can offer a greater number of benefits for my patients. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, call Tooth Crusader on (02) 8203 8750 and schedule a time to talk to myself.