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Braces Or Invisalign – What’s The Best Way To Straighten My Teeth


A lot of patients are coming to see me really confused about which way will be the best for them to straighten their teeth. Now there’s two main ways to straighten the teeth. One would be braces, which is the metal brackets on your teeth, and the other one would be the clear aligners, such as Invisalign. These two ways would allow you to get the same result, which is to have nice straight, beautiful teeth, but the way we get there is slightly different, and you’ve got pros and cons with each one.

Like for example, if you wanted to go to Melbourne to Adelaide, you can take a bus, or you can take a car, or you can take a plane. Now depending on what you want to do and what sort of experience you want to go through, each of them will let you arrive in your destination, but the way we arrive there and the time that we arrive there, to Adelaide for example, might be slightly different.

So metal braces, for example, you will have metal brackets on your teeth. If you don’t want anything that’s too obvious, metal brackets may not be something suitable for you. Now at the same time, when you’ve got metal braces, when you eat and chew, for example, you may get food stuck in between the wires. So you need to make a conscious effort in terms of what you’re eating. You need to brush really as well, because if you don’t brush your teeth well every time after you have a meal, what had happens is that you may get some demineralisation on your tooth. When you take the metal brackets off, you may actually get white patches in your teeth, and I’m pretty sure you have seen that on some with friends from time to time.

Now the third thing about metal braces is that you need to be aware that sometimes you may get some ulcers around your lips and your teeth. The reason is because you’ve got, again, metal brackets and wires stuck in your mouth, so sometimes it may not be very comfortable. Every time a dentist tightens the metal brackets, it could lead to more discomfort compared to a clear aligner. So basically, to achieve the same result is possible, metal brackets may cause a bit more discomfort, and you may need to be more clear in terms of brushing your teeth.

On the flip side, clear liners such as Invisalign, are actually quite comfortable, as you actually take the aligners out to eat and chew, and then you rinse your mouth and you clip it back on, because nothing’s going to be stuck to your teeth. All you need to do is rinse your mouth and you’re fine. The downside is that you need to have conscious effort to wear it, because if you don’t have it in your mouth, it’s not going to work. So you have to wear it at least 20 – 22 hours a day for it to work. Otherwise, it’s no point doing it, and if you don’t have the discipline, metal braces might be the one for you.

Now the other thing is about clear aligners is that it’s actually quite aesthetic, because if you do public speaking or you work with a lot of people, and you don’t want people to know that you are straightening your teeth, Invisalign would be probably the way to go. And there you have it, those are the main differences between Invisalign and braces. So remember to speak your dentist and your professional, so that they can help you to make the right decision.

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