Both Invisalign (clear aligners) and fixed braces work really well. Our patients get great results with both systems, but which ones for you?
Below is everything you need to know about each system, to help you decide.
Invisalign is the leading brand in clear aligners. An alternative to fixed braces.
The aligners are barely visible- and most of the time people can’t even tell you’re wearing them. Invisalign clear aligners are removable, there are no wires or brackets, so you don’t need to change the way you brush and floss. And, you can continue to eat all your favourite foods.
How do they work?
Invisalign clear aligners work by the process of wearing a series of clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. The length of treatment can take on average 6 months. And the number of aligners required will depend on the amount of movement required.
When you think of fixed braces most people would envision and big silver smile of metal brackets on your teeth. However, dentistry has moved on.
We offer aesthetically pleasing clear brackets and tooth coloured wires. This makes it hard to tell you’re even wearing braces.
Unlike many clear aligner systems, the movement is more predictable and is typically completed faster, with the average treatment time being just 5 months.
You will need to avoid hard foods such as nuts, popcorn, crusty bread or any such foods that may accidentally dislodge the brackets. It can be a little more challenging to clean you teeth. However good oral hygiene is very important during treatment and your dentist will show you how to best look after your teeth.
In both cases it is highly recommended that anyone who has completed orthodontic treatment, whether with fixed braces or Invisalign treatment, use a retainer to prevent the teeth from gradually shifting back toward their initial position. There are two different types of retainers;
The removable retainer looks just like the clear aligners and are usually worn at night while you sleep.
The fixed retainer is a thin wire attached to the back of your teeth to hold them in place.