Invisalign and Braces at AAA Orthodontics, Brisbane
Invisalign and traditional braces, their differences and which would be the best option
AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane offers a wide variety of dental treatments and teeth straightening options for everyone, from children through to adults.
Teeth straightening is considered an important aspect of dental and oral care and dentists around the world encourage their patients to undergo orthodontic treatment to help them overcome many dental problems.
Thanks to some great technological advancements in the dental field, these treatments have come a long way in how they look and work making them a more popular option today.
Why are teeth straightening treatments important?
There is a such a wide variety of teeth straightening orthodontic treatments now available, which are more comfortable, discreet, and easy to use and maintain.
This is why more people are opting for teeth straightening treatments such as braces and Invisalign to help them achieve a better, straighter smile.
Aside from understanding these treatments, you should also understand why it’s important to consider them:
- Teeth move: Contrary to popular belief, teeth can move at any age. Whether you’re a child, teenager, 20-something-year-old, or are in your mid-40s, your teeth can move causing crowding and crooked teeth. Reasons for this include injury, natural growth (in the wrong direction) or an unexpected health condition.
- Cleaning gets harder: Crooked (or misaligned teeth) can make your daily cleaning more difficult. The crooked teeth can make it harder to clean properly, meaning that plaque and tartar build-up can happen more easily.
- Pain: Crooked teeth or an under/overbite can cause pain in your mouth and face. These dental problems can cause headaches, earaches, and jaw pain which can make you feel very uncomfortable.
- It can cause poor health: Crooked teeth (or an incorrect bite) can make it difficult to eat certain foods or even chew properly. This could eventually lead to gastrointestinal problems causing you more pain and discomfort or leading to other worse medical conditions.
By undergoing teeth straightening treatment, you can enjoy a brighter, happier smile and avoid any unnecessary dental, oral, or overall health problems.
What are Braces?
As one of the oldest orthodontic treatments around, braces are a tried and trusted method for straightening teeth.
Braces are designed to continually apply pressure on your teeth to push and move them into a specific position to effectively straighten them. The bones in your mouth will also move and change shape as the pressure of the braces is applied which is why this is a great option for over and underbites as well.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an innovative orthodontic treatment which makes use of removable, clear, plastic aligners to help move your teeth.
The custom-designed aligners gently apply pressure to slowly move your teeth over the course of your treatment, straightening them as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Invisalign is fast becoming one of the more popular teeth straightening options because of its effectiveness which makes it look nearly invisible.
What are the differences between braces and Invisalign?
Braces and Invisalign are both excellent teeth straightening treatments which work by moving your teeth into a specific position making them look and feel straighter. Whilst similar in their goals, these treatments differ in a number of ways:
Braces: This treatment can take up to 2 years to complete successfully and requires a number of visits to the orthodontist to keep tightening the braces.
Invisalign: It generally takes about 1 year for the completion of treatment. With Invisalign, you can also begin seeing a difference within a few months, however treatment times will vary depending on the severity of your misaligned teeth.
Braces: The traditional metallic braces are quite visible, however, you could opt for ceramic braces which can be made from tooth-coloured brackets and bands making them less noticeable.
Invisalign: The aligners are made from clear plastic making them almost invisible.
Braces: Innovation means that even the metallic braces are more comfortable today, however there are still metal parts and wires that can hurt the inside of your mouth.
Invisalign: Thanks to their plastic make-up, the Invisalign braces are designed to be smooth and comfortable but as with traditional braces, it will take some time to get used to wearing it.
Braces: They are quite difficult to clean, and you will need special tools to manoeuvre around the brackets and wires to give your teeth a thorough clean.
Invisalign: The aligners are removable which means you can remove them before a meal, clean your teeth afterwards and replace them without the worry of staining your teeth. It also makes the daily cleaning of your teeth a breeze since you can brush and floss as normal before putting the aligner back.
Braces: With braces, you will need to visit your orthodontist fairly often to get the them tightened and readjusted which is time consuming.
Invisalign: The aligners need to be changed every 2 weeks which you will have to pick up from your orthodontist. Each aligner is slightly different to help move your teeth in different stages.
Braces: The design for braces (both ceramic and metal) have a standard design which is used on all patients and just adjusted to suit their teeth.
Invisalign: Each aligner is custom-designed for your teeth using state-of-the-art digital technology.
Braces: When you have braces, there are many foods that you won’t be able to eat. Foods such as nuts, popcorn, sweets, etc. can get stuck in between your braces or can damage it.
Invisalign: There are no food restrictions with Invisalign since you simply remove the aligners when you eat.
Braces: These can be used on anyone to treat a number of dental and oral issues no matter how severe the issue may be.
Invisalign: This treatment can be used on most people but in more severe cases, braces may be advised. Your orthodontist will perform a thorough examination to check if you are a suitable candidate for Invisalign.
Teeth Straightening at AAA Orthodontics
The various orthodontic treatments offered by AAA Orthodontics in Brisbane are designed to effectively straighten your teeth giving you a happier smile.
Our team of trained professionals are educated in the various teeth straightening options (which include braces and Invisalign) and will be happy to offer you advice whether it’s for you or your children.
For more information on braces, Invisalign, and our other teeth straightening options or to book an appointment, call 07 3325 0255 or send us a message via our Contact Us page.