These days, there are plenty of orthodontic options on the market to choose from – ranging from subtle products through to those that are more obvious. However, as technology continues to advance and innovations hit Australian clinics, there are more avenues popping up for you to take your pick from.
One of the most common questions we receive is how to make the right choice between clear aligners – like Invisalign – or braces. Ultimately, they’re both as good as each other at straightening your teeth and creating the perfect smile, but there are some differences. So here’s the low-down on what you need to know.
The primary difference between aligners and braces
Braces are usually created with one solid wire that runs through metal brackets, which are placed on the front of each tooth. Then, small rubber bands are positioned to help the wire stay in place. Throughout the duration of you wearing braces, your dentist will tighten the wire to give more pressure on your teeth and to create a straighter result.
In comparison, clear aligners are made to be like a plastic tray. They’re fitted into the moulded shape of your bite and can sometimes feel ‘a little too tight’ when you’re wearing them – but this is completely normal. The tightness creates the pressure that’s needed to bring your teeth into the right positions (much like the wire in the braces when its tightened). Unlike braces, however, these aligners can be removed.
Which one is right for you?
If you are someone who prioritises comfort and aesthetics, clear aligners are an ideal solution. As they’re designed to be discreet, it’s unlikely those around you will even know you’re wearing them (and you can even sneak in a selfie without them on). Additionally, it’s important to note that products like Invisalign are often recommended for ongoing use after the treatment is complete, in order to keep your bite. This makes them a cost-effective solution, as they provide support both in the short-term and longer run.
Traditional braces are still a go-to for many though, and this is usually because they are better suited for fixing more severe bite issues. There’s also the lack of risk for misplacing them, given you’re not able to remove them.
In the end, your orthodontist will assess which option is the most suitable for your needs and circumstances. And if in doubt, all you need to do is ask. In the end, your dentist or orthodontist are the ones that understand your bite best, and help you find a solution that will meet your comfort levels and budget at the same time.
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If you’re considering having your bite challenges fixed, get in touch with our friendly team to find out more. We’ll help you understand the process involved, and the options open to you. Call now on (03) 9670 4008.