Invisalign clear aligners and traditional braces are both orthodontic treatment options for adults and teenagers wishing to straighten their teeth. Here, our Toothworks orthodontists shed some light on each option.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign is a series of custom orthodontic aligners that can straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces.
During treatment with Invisalign, you wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, and then switch to the next set in your series.
The aligners are clear, making them a discreet option for straightening your smile. Very often, others won't even notice you're wearing them.
Invisalign aligners are also removable, so you can simply take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss.
This means no significant changes to your diet or to your at-home oral care routines.
Traditional braces can be made up of either tooth-coloured ceramic or metal that your orthodontist adjusts during your treatment to guide your teeth into their new, desired positions.
The components of braces are brackets, wires and elastic bands. These elements work together to apply specifically calibrated forces to your teeth, slowly moving them over time.
Traditional braces are an effective orthodontic treatment option for both simple and complex misalignment and malocclusion cases.
Recent improvements to their design mean that braces are far less obtrusive and much more comfortable than they once were.