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Discovering the Difference: Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

28 June 2024

Crooked teeth can impact children and adults alike. Often, treating crooked teeth requires orthodontic treatments. Two of the most common treatments are either traditional braces or the more modern method Invisalign. If you or your child are looking at having orthodontic work done, it pays to know exactly what both of these treatments involve. 

Visage Dental Prestbury specialises in Invisalign treatments. While both Invisalign and braces aim to straighten your teeth and improve oral health, they differ significantly in terms of aesthetics, comfort, and maintenance requirements. We’ve stacked the benefits of braces versus Invisalign up so you don’t have to. 

Benefits and Drawbacks of Invisalign

Invisalign has revolutionised orthodontic treatment. One of the key benefits is its virtually invisible appearance. Invisalign is an attractive option for anyone who is self-conscious about wearing braces. 

Invisalign aligners are removable, so they give you the freedom to enjoy your favourite foods without restrictions. They are also generally more comfortable than traditional braces because they don’t have wires or brackets that can irritate the gums and cheeks. 

While the option to remove aligners for eating and oral hygiene simplifies daily routines and enhances comfort, it’s essential to commit to wearing the aligners as instructed to achieve the desired results efficiently. Invisalign aligners need to be worn for at least 22 hours a day for optimal results. For some complex orthodontic issues, traditional braces may still be a preferred option.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Braces

Traditional braces have been the norm in orthodontic treatment for decades. They are particularly useful for correcting severe misalignments or bite issues. Braces are fixed onto the teeth and use gradual, continuous pressure to slowly move the teeth into the desired position. 

While they are highly effective, traditional braces are more noticeable than Invisalign aligners. They may require more frequent visits to the orthodontist for adjustments. Braces can also be challenging to clean and need extra care to avoid plaque build-up and maintain good oral hygiene.

When considering orthodontic treatment, it’s essential to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of both Invisalign and traditional braces. At Visage Dental Prestbury, we are proud to be an Apex Elite Invisalign® provider, ranked in the top 1% in Europe for three consecutive years. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our team will discuss your treatment to ascertain what option is best suited to your needs.

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