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Braces or Invisalign: Which Treatment Option Should You Choose?

25 Jul 2014

Braces or Invisalign: Which Treatment Option Should You Choose?

If your dentist in Ottawa  has recommended orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth or fix your bite, you may be wondering whether braces or Invisalign would be the best option for you.  The answer is, it depends.  It depends on the complexity of the work you need done, as well as other factors such as the shape of your teeth, your jaw, and the type of bite you have.  If you are preparing to have orthodontic work done, the best thing is to work with your dentist to determine whether Invisalign or braces are the best option for your particular case.

In traditional braces, brackets are attached to each individual tooth, and then metal wire is attached to each bracket.  You then visit your orthodontist to have the metal wires tightened every few weeks, which over time creates a straight smile and well-aligned bite by moving teeth into their ideal places.  If you have a complex orthodontic problem to fix, metal braces may be the best option for you, and your dentist will be able to advise you if this is the case.  With metal braces, you can expect to wear them for two to three years.

However, if you have a simple or moderate orthodontic issue, Invisalign is probably a better option. This is because Invisalign can move and straighten your teeth way more discreetly, as it does not involve the obvious brackets and wires involved with metal braces.  Invisalign straightens your smile using clear, removable aligners which are worn for 22 hours a day.  You will wear an aligner for around two weeks before visiting your dentist in Ottawa to obtain the next aligner in the series,  this way, the series of aligners gently moves teeth into place over a period of nine to eighteen months.

The advantages to Invisalign over braces are many, including the fact  Invisalign takes less time to straighten teeth than traditional braces. Another advantage is the aligners used are clear and cannot be easily seen, meaning you can still smile with confidence while undergoing the treatment.  In addition, you can remove the Invisalign aligners so you can brush and floss normally, allowing you to maintain much better oral hygiene.  This will certainly make your dentist happy!  And don’t forget  removing the aligners allows you to eat favourite foods such as popcorn and nuts, which are not supposed to be eaten if you are wearing metal braces.

While Invisalign does have many advantages over traditional braces, there is a risk some patients will not wear the aligners enough, or take them out too often, in which case the more permanent metal brace would be a better option.  Therefore your dentist may not recommend Invisalign if they think you do not have the dedication to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day.  And as mentioned, if you have an exceptionally complex case, metal braces may be the best treatment for you.  No matter whether you and your dentist in Ottawa decide  metal braces are right for you, or if you can take advantage of the benefits of Invisalign, the results of orthodontic treatment are worth the cost, frequent dentist visits and slight discomfort, as at the end you will have a beautiful smile that will last for many years to come.

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