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How to choose between braces and clear aligners

Both braces and clear aligners achieve excellent results.

Misaligned teeth are a common concern, but thanks to advancements in the world of orthodontics, there are now a number of ways in which one’s smile can be effectively straightened. So how do you choose the treatment that is right for you? Read on to find out what your options are, and which treatment is most appropriate for your particular needs…

What’s the difference?

Traditional metal braces are among the most used orthodontic options and achieve excellent results. They can be used to address a wide range of concerns and are suitable for patients of all ages. Metal braces are made up of brackets that are attached to the teeth. These brackets are usually made of stainless steel. Wires are fixed to the brackets and work by placing constant pressure against the teeth, forcing them to gradually move into new positions over time.

Unlike braces, clear aligners are not fixed to the teeth. Made from clear plastic, they can be removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing teeth. Clear aligners are custom-made according to an impression of one’s mouth, which means that they fit comfortably. Similar to braces, they exert a constant force on the teeth, pushing them into better alignment over the course of treatment.

How do you choose?

If you are interested in straightening your teeth, it is advisable to meet with your orthodontist who will perform an oral examination and take an impression of your teeth. They will advise you as to which treatment is most appropriate for you. While clear aligners are convenient and effective, they are not suitable for the treatment of all orthodontic concerns. Certain issues are better addressed with braces, and your orthodontist will let you know what your options are.

If you choose to have braces fitted, you will need to see your orthodontist every four to six weeks for an adjustment. The duration of treatment varies from patient to patient, but you can expect to wear your braces between one to three years.

If you decide to go ahead with clear aligners, your orthodontist will give you a few sets. Each set of aligners should be worn for around two weeks. You will need to wear your aligners for around 22 hours a day in order to achieve optimal results.

Which treatment is more effective?

Both braces and clear aligners achieve excellent results. It is important to note, however, that severe orthodontic concerns are usually addressed more effectively with braces. Both treatments have their own benefits — braces are usually more affordable than clear aligners, while treatment time tends to be quicker with clear aligners. Ultimately, the treatment that is best for you will depend on a few factors, including the severity of your orthodontic issue, your particular lifestyle, and your aesthetic goals. It is always a good idea to discuss your needs and concerns with your orthodontist so that they can guide you toward a treatment that works for you.

How can we help?

At iSmile Orthodontics, we offer both braces and clear aligners. If you are looking for a discreet orthodontic solution, we encourage you to come in and see us for a free consultation to find out more about Invisalign clear aligners and to see if they are right for you. If you have a more complex orthodontic concern, you may be better suited to braces — we offer traditional metal braces, as well as ceramic braces.

To find out more about Invisalign and what the treatment process involves, please have a look here.

To find out more about the braces that we provide at iSmile Orthodontics, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation with us, please give us a call on 03 9466 8484 or get in touch with us here. We offer personalised orthodontic treatment for patients of all ages and work hard to provide the very best care possible.

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