Having a bright white smile with perfectly-aligned teeth is something many people aspire towards. Unfortunately, some people simply cannot achieve this aesthetic naturally. Whether you have gaps between your teeth or a slight overbite, these dental issues can make it difficult for individuals to speak or eat comfortably, which can have a negative impact on your self-esteem. However, now there are a variety of dental solutions that can help correct improper bite patterns, close gaps between teeth, straighten teeth, and restore your confidence in your smile: traditional braces and Invisalign treatments.
What are traditional braces?
Traditional braces involve having a small bracket secured to each tooth with a dental adhesive. From there, each bracket is connected with a series of metal wires, elastics, and other dental tools to help promote slow, natural movement in your teeth. Braces can be used to align teeth that are crooked or twisted, and they can also shift your teeth in order to close unsightly gaps. Traditional braces can be worn for as little as a few months or as long as several years, depending on the severity of the condition. They must be adjusted once every few weeks to ensure all movement is intentional and accurate, based on your orthodontist’s overall plan.
Braces have a variety of benefits compared to Invisalign treatments:
- Better for complex cases
Especially for younger patients who have never had serious dental work, braces are the fastest and most efficient way to handle complex cases that require significant movement. This includes severe underbites and overbites, crooked or twisted teeth, and teeth that came in separate from your ideal bite grid.
- Promotes faster movement
Braces can be adjusted once every one or two weeks, and the pressure of each individual bracket can be adjusted to promote significant movement in a short period of time. While this can be uncomfortable, it is ideal for more complex issues that require a great deal of movement.
- Not removable
Since braces are not removable, they are constantly working to move your teeth to their optimal location. By providing pressure to your teeth 24/7, they promote consistent movement in a safe, controlled, and measurable manner. With proper monitoring from your dentist, significant movement can be accomplished in a small amount of time.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign treatments are invisible, removable plastic shells—very similar to a mouth guard or plastic retainer—that are tailored to your teeth. These plastic shells are switched out every two weeks, and each new treatment promotes slow, intentional movement to ultimately close gaps in your teeth, correct crooked teeth, and shift your bite grid to correct overbites and underbites. Invisalign treatments are suitable for subtle changes that require minimal movement.
There are a variety of benefits that Invisalign provides, compared to traditional braces:
- Maintaining progress
Much like a retainer for those who have just had their braces removed, Invisalign treatments are great for maintaining progress and preventing your teeth from regressing back to their original position. However, Invisalign retainers are designed with subtle changes, promoting slight movement. As you switch to the next retainer on a bi-weekly basis, your teeth will slowly move to their ideal position.
- Invisible aesthetic
With a transparent design, Invisalign braces are virtually invisible. This helps promote self-confidence in those who are anxious about how braces or a retainer will affect their appearance. Now, you will be able to enjoy showing off your bright, pearly smile without worrying about how your retainer looks.
- Removable design
Designed for everyday life, Invisalign is completely removable. Simply take it out and you can enjoy a meal—just put it back in after you are done and have brushed your teeth. Alternatively, feel free to wear your mouth guard while you play sports. All you have to do is take the Invisalign out and replace it with your mouth guard until the game is over.
- Minimal impact on speech
With traditional braces, many people notice that their speech is affected as their teeth move. This can be embarrassing and cause anxiety in some people. Fortunately, the transition throughout your Invisalign treatment is so minimal from week to week that the impact on your speech will be minimal.
- Comfortable fit
Since the movement is slow and subtle, Invisalign treatments are much more comfortable than traditional braces. Each Invisalign is worn for two weeks, which allows you to get used to the bite pattern, minimizing the pain and discomfort caused as your teeth transition.
How do you choose which is right for you?
Ultimately, the choice between Invisalign and traditional braces comes down to the complexity of your dental situation. For those who require significant movement from multiple teeth, traditional braces will be able to accomplish more precise movement in a shorter period of time. However, for less drastic issues such as a gap between two teeth or a single crooked tooth, Invisalign treatments are a subtle, invisible way to correct your teeth. Consult your dentist or orthodontist to find the best treatment for your personal situation and budget.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on our dedication to family dental services. Whether you are a child, teenager, or adult, we offer form-fitted Invisalign treatments tailored to your unique bite pattern and jaw size. Our dental professionals will work with you to identify the issues you have with your teeth and address them accordingly. If your dentist is confident that an Invisalign appliance is the best solution, they will work with you to customize your appliance for absolute comfort and effectiveness. For more complex cases, traditional braces may be more effective.
For a consultation regarding braces and Invisalign treatment, call Guelph Family Dentistry at (888) 588-1691 or contact us here.