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IF YOU’VE BEEN CONSIDERING ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT, IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT YOU WOULD RESEARCH THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE. BUT YOU MAY FIND IT OVERWHELMING TO DECIDE WHICH SYSTEM MIGHT BE THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU WHICH IS WHY WE’VE PUT TOGETHER A SIMPLE GUIDE ON THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CLEAR ALIGNERS AND FIXED BRACES!

Traditional fixed braces have been used to straighten teeth over many decades. However, with the advent of Invisalign hitting the dental market at the turn of the century, clear aligner systems have grown immensely popular due to their discretion and comfortability. Due to modern scanning and treatment planning technology, both systems offer the same predictable and transformative results, so what are the main differences between them?

Invisalign – clear aligners for discreet straightening

Invisalign aligners are almost invisible and must be worn for 22 hours a day, only being taken out to eat and conduct your daily oral hygiene routine. Your smile goals and dental needs will influence how many aligners you will be given to wear throughout treatment, with each aligner being worn for 1-2 weeks. With each change in the aligner, your teeth will move into their desired position comfortably and without the need for metal braces.

Fixed braces – a reliable and high-tech route to straight teeth

The Ascent Dental Care fixed brace solutions are a far cry from the train tracks of back in the day. Our ceramic fixed braces are tooth-coloured, so they blend in with your natural teeth! Fixed braces, such as Six Month Smiles and Damon Braces, use small brackets attached to each tooth with a thin wire that runs through them. This orthodontic option is reliable, fast and more discreet than ever before!

The pros and cons

INVISALIGN

Pros:

  • Comfortable
  • Discreet
  • Highly predictable
  • Low maintenance
  • No diet restrictions

Cons:

  • Aligners can be lost
  • Not suitable for severe orthodontic cases
  • Some weekly discomfort when aligners are swapped out

FIXED BRACES

Pros:

  • Suitable for almost all patients
  • Much longer case history
  • Can achieve final results quicker
  • Different designs available

Cons:

  • Can be uncomfortable in first instance
  • Hard and sticky foods need to be avoided
  • Regular trips to orthodontist needed to tighten braces
  • Diligent oral hygiene needed
  • Less discreet than clear aligners

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