Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, dentist and Smile Design Provider at You First Dental in Airdrie, Alberta:
By Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, You First Dental, Airdrie AB, Invisalign Provider.
“Navigating the world of orthodontics can feel like an overwhelming journey. With an array of options available for straightening teeth, how does one decide what’s best? As the primary dentist at You First Dental in Airdrie, I often engage with patients curious about the difference between Invisalign aligners and traditional braces. Here’s what I tell them, based on years of experience and the countless smiles I’ve had the privilege to perfect.”
1. The Basics: What Are Invisalign Aligners and Traditional Braces?
“First, let’s lay down the basics. Traditional braces are small metal brackets attached to the teeth. Wires are attached to the brackets and the wires are changed periodically to move teeth into alignment.
Invisalign aligners, on the other hand, are clear, removable trays that snap onto the teeth. Each set of aligners is worn for about one to two weeks and each gradually moves the teeth into alignment.”
2. Aesthetics: The Clear Advantage
“One of the biggest differences between braces and Invisalign is the appearance. Metal braces, while effective, are noticeable. However, options like ceramic braces, which are white in color, blend in quite nicely with the teeth. Invisalign however, offers a clear, nearly invisible, solution to straighten teeth. For adults and teens alike who are conscious about their appearance, Invisalign offers a great solution.
3. Comfort & Flexibility: Bending Without Breaking
“Traditional braces are fixed in place for the duration of the orthodontic treatment. The occasional bracket or wire may need adjustment if causing irritation to the cheeks and gums. Invisalign aligners, being made of smooth plastic, typically cause less irritation to the cheeks and gums.
While you may need to be careful eating certain foods with traditional braces, such as popcorn, and sticky and crunchy foods, with Invisalign, this isn’t a concern as the trays are meant to be removed while eating.
There are less dietary constrictions with Invisalign which means you can continue to enjoy your meals and the foods you love.
4. Hygiene: Cleaning Made Easier
“With traditional braces, cleaning our teeth can take more time. Brushing and flossing around brackets and wires requires patience as it is easy for food particles to stick to the brackets and wires
Invisalign aligners, being removable, allow for regular brushing and flossing routines without the aligners in place. Plus, the aligners themselves can be cleaned with ease. The result? Better oral health throughout the treatment process.”
5. Time Commitment: Fewer Visits, More Freedom
“With traditional braces, regular orthodontic appointments are essential for adjustments, usually every two to four weeks. Invisalign treatment often requires fewer visits, typically every six to eight weeks. At your appointment, your dentist will make sure everything is on track and will give you your next set of aligners. For our busy patients at You First Dental, this convenience can make your life a little easier.
6. Effectiveness & Versatility: The Best Tool for the Job
“Both traditional braces and Invisalign can effectively treat a wide range of tooth misalignments. However, traditional braces can often better treat complex tooth misalignments. It’s crucial to consult with a dental professional to determine the best option for your specific needs.
That said, Invisalign technology has evolved tremendously over the years, and many cases previously deemed “too complex” for aligners can now be treated with them. At You First Dental, I’ve witnessed first-hand the transformative power of Invisalign on smiles that were once deemed challenging cases.”
7. The Final Verdict
“While both Invisalign and traditional braces offer unique advantages, Invisalign offers a clear innovative edge. The combination of aesthetics, comfort, hygiene benefits, and flexibility makes it a top choice for many of our patients in Airdrie.
However, the best treatment always depends on individual needs. At You First Dental, our commitment is to put YOU first. We thoroughly assess every patient’s dental structure, lifestyle, and preferences to recommend the best treatment for you.”
Dr. Jennifer Buchanan, You First Dental, Airdrie AB, Invisalign Provider:
“Orthodontics has come a long way. The choice between Invisalign and traditional braces is no longer just about straightening teeth but about aligning treatment with lifestyle. If you’re in Airdrie and considering orthodontic treatment, I invite you to our clinic for a personalized consultation. Let’s craft that perfect smile together!”