Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Are braces better than Invisalign?

This is a difficult one to answer. There are pros and cons with every type of orthodontic treatment and both you and I have to weigh these up before making the right decision.

Invisalign is a very good system which is proving to be very popular with a great many patients because of its esthetics, convenience and how it fits the modern urban lifestyle. It uses a highly transparent, patent-protected material that makes the aligners appear practically invisible.

Clear aligner treatment, however,is best suited to those patients with orthodontic problems that are not extreme. Severe overbites, underbites and situations where permanent teeth need to be removed for straightening of the teeth are usually better addressed with braces or with an initial period of braces followed by Invisalign for completion of the treatment.

All in all, when it comes to selecting the best way to correct your bite and furthering you smile, my final decision is individualized and made based on your orthodontic problem, your personal needs and requirements and – most of all – your expectations of the treatment results and outcome.

Gone are the days of “doctor knows best.” Yes, doctors do know quite a bit. But so do you when it comes to your expectations and how you want to straighten your teeth. Come on in for a complementary evaluation so we can see if Invisalign is right for you.