Invisalign vs. Traditional Braces

December 20, 2016 by smilespot0
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There are many questions one can ask when deciding between traditional braces and Invisalign retainers. If you are considering one of the two, the following will help you understand the two treatments and give you some of the pros and cons. You will want to choose the treatment that gets the job done for you, even if it is a little more costly, as you don’t want to have to continue post treatment when it doesn’t fully correct the current issues you have with your teeth.

Both Invisalign and traditional braces are designed to straighten your teeth, giving you or your child a beautifully straight smile.

Traditional Braces: have been one of the main sources of treatment used by many orthodontists. They consist of metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and connected via wire and/or rubber bands. As time has progressed, so has the technology. You can now change the colour of the brackets to be a little more camouflaged with your enamel, making them more subtle and less obvious that you have braces. The issue with traditional braces is that they must stay on 24/7 for an average length of 2 years. While traditional braces can resolve certain issues Invisalign cannot, Dr. Miles recommends the use of a new breakthrough brace treatment known as the Damon System.

Invisalign: is a procedure that allows you to straighten your teeth without anybody knowing. They’re pretty much invisible to the naked eye. With a perfectly fitted aligner tray, completely smooth and comfortable, your teeth will be moved in a gentle subtle way. Dr. Miles will use X-rays and impressions of your teeth to create this totally custom aligner tray that fits your mouth. You will change aligners regularly throughout your treatment about every 2-3 weeks, with an average visit to the office 4-6 weeks. The average length of an Invisalign treatment is 7-18 months, depending on the patient’s current condition.

While both braces and Invisalign can straighten teeth, they each have pros and cons. It will take a close examination by arguably one of the best orthodontists that Edmonton and Spruce Grove Alberta have to offer, to help you choose the right option for you. At The Smile Spot we will provide information you need to help make the decision on which treatment to ensue that will get you the megawatt smile you deserve!


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