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Braces or Invisalign? What is better? / Dentist Kanata

Finding out you may benefit from orthodontic treatment can bring with it many questions. What kind of treatments are available? Which is more affordable? Which is most effective?

The good thing about orthodontic dental treatments that use braces or Invisalign is that they do more than just straighten the teeth. These are also valuable in correcting bite issues that often require special diagnosis and treatment.

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Orthodontic Treatment in Kanata

Our goal at Kanata Highlands Dental is to find the orthodontic treatment that will work best for you and your smile, and that means exploring all the options. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the pros and cons of both traditional braces and the Invisalign aligner system in order to help you decide which would be a better fit for you!

Both braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Braces have been around for quite a while and they consist of metal brackets that are attached to your teeth and tied together by wires. You cannot remove them and they are very visible on your teeth. Invisalign on the other hand are virtually invisible aligners that can be taken off any time.

Braces and Dental Hygiene

Braces usually present a challenge when it comes to dental hygiene as food tends to get stuck in the wires and braackets. It can take some time to get used to eating and drinking with metal braces on. There are also some foods that you will have to avoid while wearing braces, especially crunchy or very sticky food. The advantage that Invisalign has is that it is removable, so you can remove them while eating and brush/rinse off the invisalign trays.

Braces are more effective for complex cases

Some complex orthodontic cases might be fixed faster with traditional braces than Invisalign, since braces can be more effective for certain cases. The cost of orthodontic treatment is also a deciding factor when it comes to choosing between braces or Invisalign. In some cases, traditional braces might be cheaper than Invisalign. But it really depends on the complexity of the problem, for which you will need a consultation with the dentist.

Effectiveness of Invisalign depends on the patient

Adults and teens who tend to be self-conscious might find the discrete look of Invisalign incredibly appealing, and its removability is also a big draw. However, it’s important to remember that the success of Invisalign depends almost entirely on the patient. If you are not disciplined in wearing them as directed, they just won’t work. With regular braces, you don’t really have a choice!

Here is a quick summary of Pros and Cons of Invisalign and Braces.

Invisalign: Pros and Cons

Invisalign Pros

  • Treatment is less noticeable than traditional braces
  • Treatment causes less discomfort
  • Very simple hygiene and cleaning, as trays are removed for eating etc.

Invisalign Cons

  • If you don't wear the Invisalign trays as directed, treatment can be compromised and can take longer.
  • You can lose or break trays leading to extra costs
  • Might not be effective for certain severe and complex cases

Braces: Pros and Cons

Braces Pros

  • Treatment doesnt rely on the patient for results
  • Suitable for all case types and can help almost any severe issue.
  • Can cost less than Invisalign treatment

Braces Cons

  • Not ideal if you play contact sports regularly
  • Treatment causes varying degree of discomfort, especially during eating
  • Braces are easily visible on the teeth

It’s important to work with an experienced provider like Kanata Highlands Dental. Our friendly, professional team has a lot of experience working with both braces and Invisalign, and we’re dedicated to helping you find the most effective solution to perfect your smile and teeth. Straightening your teeth isn’t just about improving your smile. It also has an impact on your overall oral health, which shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you’re in the Kanata/Ottawa area and need help deciding whether braces or Invisalign make more sense for you, get in touch with Kanata Highlands Dental today to schedule a Free orthodontic consultation. We look forward to seeing your smile!

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