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Invisalign vs Braces – Which is better?

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Many of us have considered correcting our teeth to achieve that perfectly straight smile.  Orthodontic treatments don’t just enhance your appearance, they also help you maintain good oral hygiene, since crooked and overcrowded teeth are more difficult to brush and floss, and are prone to tooth decay and disease.

When visiting an Orthodontist in Dubai to straighten your teeth, they will offer two popular options for correcting your smile – traditional braces and Invisalign aligners.  Although both options will correct misaligned teeth, many people will ask themselves, Invisalign vs braces – which is better?

Below we’ve outlined the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment to help patients decide which is the best option for them.

Braces

Wearing braces is the more traditional option for correcting misaligned or crooked teeth. They involve metal brackets that are glued to the teeth, which are held together by wires and rubber bands.  If you are self-conscious about wearing metal braces, the more aesthetic option is opting for ceramic braces, which are the same color as the tooth’s enamel so it’s more discreet and conservative.

Once the braces are fixed to the teeth, they are permanent and cannot be removed until the treatment is complete.  Therefore, patients have to be fully committed to wearing their braces for as long as their Orthodontist has prescribed, which can range between 12 to 24 months.

 Why choose braces? 

The main advantage braces offer is their effectiveness in fixing the most serious teeth conditions, such as severely rotated teeth.  The benefit of wearing braces is the patients’ inability to remove them during the treatment process, because even a few days without the appliances may significantly affect the treatment plan, making patient adherence easy to manage.

Braces also address the root cause of many tooth issues and correct the teeth by pushing them into the correct position.  Since this type of orthodontic treatment has been available for decades, most dentists are very comfortable with recommending braces to their patients and are fully aware of their advantages and disadvantages, making them a great option for patients to straighten their teeth.

Invisalign

Invisalign clear aligners is the latest Orthodontic treatment that offers a completely new, sleek method for straightening teeth.  Invisalign has revolutionized the way patients view orthodontics, by making it easier and more convenient to repair crooked, misaligned or gapped teeth.

With patients using a series of customizable, removable, comfortable and nearly invisible aligners, Invisalign has gained global popularity, especially with patients who want a more discreet and aesthetic option compared to braces.

The Invisalign process involves the use of smart track technology and 3D modelling to produce transparent aligners that are custom made to fit your mouth and teeth.  Aligners are worn for around 7-10 days and then changed to a new set until the treatment period is complete.

Why choose Invisalign?

Compared to braces, Invisalign is nearly invisible, which means most people won’t even know that you are straightening your teeth.  The treatment process is easy and equally effective, but the biggest advantage is that Invisalign is comfortable and removable, making them convenient for patients of all ages.

With traditional metal braces, there may be discomfort or difficulty while eating, or the fear of food particles sticking between your braces and teeth, but with Invisalign it’s as easy and removing your aligners before a meal.  You can eat anything you want without the need for dietary restrictions, while still maintain a proper daily dental hygiene routine.  Just brush your teeth after a meal and put your Invisalign back in, it’s that easy!

Lastly, Invisalign guarantees less time in the dentist chair, meaning fewer checkups and no adjustments, just new sets of aligners for you to take home and use.

So, whether you have decided to straighten your teeth for cosmetic purposes or to address a serious oral concern, there are numerous orthodontic options that you can choose from.  Just remember that proper orthodontic treatments require a Specialist Orthodontist with the right expertise, to get you the beautiful straight smile you’ve always dreamed of.

At Dr. Joy Dental Clinic, we offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments with our Specialist Orthodontists who are happy to discuss your smile goals.  If you’re still asking yourself, ‘Invisalign vs braces – which is better?’, please Contact Us on 800-DRJOY (37569) to book a Consultation with our Specialist Orthodontists or click here.

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