If you're considering straightening your smile, both Invisalign clear aligners and traditional metal braces are effective orthodontic treatment options. Today, our Vancouver orthodontist weighs up the differences between these two treatment options.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of clear orthodontic aligners. With Invisalign there is no need for metal brackets or wires.
Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear orthodontic aligners. Simply wear each set of aligners for about two weeks then switch to your next set.
With Invisalign, others may not even notice that you are straightening your smile. The clear aligners are made from a smooth, thin transparent plastic.
Invisalign aligners are removable. That means there are no significant changes to your diet or to your at-home oral care routines.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional orthodontic treatment uses wires and small metal components to guide your teeth into their desired positions.
Brackets, wires and elastic bands are the three main components of braces. These parts work together to apply calibrated forces to your teeth.
Traditional metal braces are now much less obtrusive and more comfortable than ever thanks to a number of design improvements over the years.
Even complex misalignment and malocclusion issues can be corrected effectively using traditional metal braces.