Skip to Main Content

Telephone: (604) 533-6696

19978 - 72nd Ave. 201 Langley BC V2Y 1L4 CA

Invisalign vs. Braces: Choose the Best Option For You

Invisalign vs. Braces: Choose the Best Option For You

If you are considering orthodontic treatment, then you may be wondering what option you should choose. In this post, our Langley orthodontists discuss Invisalign clear aligners vs. traditional braces, the benefits of each, and which is best.

Invisalign vs. braces – which one should you choose?

Traditional braces vs. Invisalign – it’s a difficult decision. You want to straighten your teeth but can’t decide which option might be best for you. Before making your chose be sure to make an informed decision.

With a little research and conversation with your orthodontist, you will be on your way to straighter, healthier teeth. One of the deciding factors that your orthodontist will take into consideration is the type of issue that you have. Here, we discuss the differences between Invisalign and braces and explain how to know which one to choose.

Invisalign uses clear aligner trays that are custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth, applying pressure to help guide your teeth into their new positions. These aligners are designed using a 3D scanner to create digital impressions, which are then used to make clear plastic trays. You will need to wear these for 22 hours a day and switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks throughout this orthodontic treatment option.

Traditional braces consist of a metal archwire supported by small square brackets placed on each tooth. These components work together, sometimes with the help of additional components like elastics, to apply pressure and guide teeth into their prescribed positions. Braces are a permanent fixture during treatment, meaning that they cannot be temporarily removed. 

What are the differences between Invisalign and braces?

The Benefits of Invisalign Clear Aligners

Appearance: Because the invisible aligners are made from clear plastic, they are nearly invisible from a distance. The fact that they are fairly discreet is a main draw for many who choose this option.

Comfort: Clear aligners fit flush against teeth and don't have any pieces that can stick out and irritate the soft tissues inside your mouth.

Ease of Brushing and Flossing: With Invisalign, you can remove your aligners to brush and floss your teeth. This allows for easy and in-depth cleaning of Invisalign to help clear away debris and bacteria and protect your oral health.

No Danger With Hard or Chewy Foods: Unlike braces, which require you to avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods and sticky foods, you will take out your aligners when eating. This allows you to continue eating all of the foods you love.

Fewer Orthodontist Visits: Treatment with Invisalign may require fewer in-person office visits. This is because there are no tightening appointments like you would have with braces. You will, however, continue to visit the dentist's office for routine checkups to monitor the progress of your treatment.

The Benefits of Braces

Works for Complex Corrections: Braces are a good option for treatments ranging from minor adjustments to more complex issues. The brackets on each tooth allow for very precise amounts of pressure in specific places.

Multiple Options to Choose From: When you think of braces, you may immediately picture metal brackets and metal wires, but there are many different types of conventional braces, including translucent braces and in-ovation braces.

Not Easily Removed: Unlike Invisalign, traditional braces cannot be removed at any point during treatment. This allows patients to focus on life and spend less time remembering to stay on track with their orthodontic treatment. It also makes it a very straightforward treatment that works well for many patients.

Safe to Drink All Beverages: Traditional metal braces don't stain, so you can drink all your favourite beverages, such as tea, coffee, and fruit juices. Just remember that sugary drinks should be consumed in moderation.

Which option is best for what issue?

There’s a lot to consider when weighing up the options of orthodontic treatment. Making a list of your goals and what benefits may work best for your lifestyle can help. Your orthodontist can answer any questions that you may have and provide great insight. After all, their focus is on helping you achieve straighter teeth and a straighter smile. They will suggest the type of treatment that is ideal for the orthodontic issues that you are faced with while taking your lifestyle into consideration.

Invisalign vs. braces, which is faster?

The average treatment time for Invisalign is about 12 months and for traditional braces, 24 months. However, this timeframe can vary greatly depending on several factors, including the complexity of the orthodontic issues. This means that in some cases, braces may actually be quicker, or vice versa. Your orthodontist will discuss the expected outcome and timeframe for each option with you during your consultation.

How to Choose the Right Option for You

Each option has its own pros and cons, and while one option may work well for some, it may not be the right choice for others. This is why it is essential to weigh your options carefully before deciding which is best for you. Ultimately, both options have the same goal of straightening your teeth and addressing orthodontic issues. Your orthodontist will diagnose your issues and review the possible treatment options with you. They are there to help you choose the right option for your needs and your beautiful smile.

Are you ready to meet with one of our orthodontists for a consultation? Contact our team at Langley today to request an appointment.

Book your first smile consultation with our Langley Orthodontists today.

(604) 533-6696 Contact