Like metal braces, Invisalign aligners are an orthodontic treatment option for straightening teeth over a period of time. Here, our North York dentists explain the differences between these two options.
Invisalign is a series of clear, removable plastic aligners that are used to straighten teeth.
Each set of aligners in the series is worn for between ten days and two weeks, after which it is switched out for the next set.
This innovative form of orthodontic treatment allows you to straighten your teeth without any metal or wires.
The transparent plastic aligners are difficult to see when worn, making them a good choice if you have concerns about the aesthetics of metal braces.
In addition, the fact that they are removable means you don’t have to make any major changes to your diet or to your brushing and flossing routine.
Traditional braces are typically made of small metal parts that a dentist or orthodontist can use to guide your teeth and/or bite into a healthier position.
Traditional braces include three major components: brackets, wires, and elastic bands. These work together to apply carefully calibrated pressure to your teeth, thereby altering their position.
Metal braces are a highly effective form of orthodontic treatment for both simple and complex cases. Recent improvements to their design and comfort mean that braces are no longer as uncomfortable or unwieldy as they once were.
Newer iterations are smaller and more comfortable, and you can even choose your own elastics!