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What Are the Different Ways to Straighten My Teeth? (Braces Vs. Invisalign)

Hi, Dr Stefanie here from Lifestyle Smiles here at Brighton in Melbourne.

I was with our new patients Denise and her teenage son Michael from Bentleigh. Michael has some crowded teeth. They were looking at orthodontic treatment for him, so they came in for an assessment and want to understand the different ways to straighten his teeth. So I thought this would be a useful topic for you if you are also looking at teeth straightening options.

There are many ways that we could potentially straighten your teeth. The hot topic these days is, “Do I straighten my teeth with braces or do I straighten my teeth with a clear aligner such as Invisalign?”. First of all, braces have been around for many, many, decades and it has proven to be very successful at achieving a really nice smile by straightening your teeth with wires and metal brackets. It’s commonly used for a lot of kids and also it’s suitable for adults as well. The advantage of braces is it’s fixed, which means that you won’t need to take them on and off and things will work. The major disadvantages of wearing metal braces are obviously the aesthetic look. You might not want to smile in front of people or you may feel embarrassed, especially for adults who are always in front of their clients or conduct frequent meetings.

If you like eating, your diet may become restricted, because it’s almost impossible to chew into a sandwich, and also cleaning can be troublesome. With a wire running across all your teeth, you won’t be able to floss or brush your teeth as adequately, which can result in dental decay and infection in the long run.

It wasn’t until 1999 when Invisalign was introduced to the dental market, and it revolutionalised the market. At that time there were a lot of sceptics who wonder how plastic could potentially straighten your teeth. However, 20 years on we have proven that Invisalign can straighten your teeth just as effectively as braces in 90 to 95% of the cases. In fact, in some cases, Invisalign is actually the preferential choice over braces to straighten teeth. Not just because it looks good, but also because mechanically the treatment will be more predictable. So things have definitely come a long way.

When we talk about Invisalign, the major advantages are, it’s clear, it’s discreet and especially suitable for adults who are conscious of their appearance. And also you can take them off to eat. So you can eat whatever you want and you can clean, brush and floss your teeth like you normally do.

So that’s a huge advantage of Invisalign over braces. Something else is with Invisalign, you can whiten your teeth at the same time because they act as your whitening trays as well, which you cannot do with braces. And over recent years more and more high school teenagers are also embracing this new technology.

To my surprise, most of them are super compliant and super keen to wear Invisalign, over the traditional braces. So moving forward, my prediction in the next 5 to 10 years is that there’ll be a big shift towards straightening your teeth with clear aligners such as Invisalign versus having braces. But it’s always good to have braces as a backup and because for people who don’t have the discipline of putting their aligners back on, a fixed solution is still the way to go. There are also other types of clear liner systems other than Invisalign out there and things are always evolving. But at the moment Invisalign is still, in my opinion, the gold standard for aligner therapy.

So I hope you found this video useful. If you are looking at straightening your teeth, we are conveniently located in Brighton. Also, we are a Platinum provider with Invisalign, so you can have the peace of mind that we can definitely look after you.

Simply direct message us on social media, call us on (03) 9593-1811, or fill in the enquiry form on our website, and we will be in touch to organise the time for you.

Note: All content and media on the Lifestyle Smiles website and social media channels are created and published online for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice and should not be relied on as health or personal advice.

 

Services we mentioned:

Cosmetic Dentistry

General Dental Health Examination and Hygiene

Invisalign

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