Traditional metal braces and Invisalign clear aligners are both effective orthodontic treatment options for straightening your smile. Today, our Coquitlam orthodontists tell you more about each of these options.
Invisalign Clear Aligners
Invisalign consists of a series of custom orthodontic aligners that straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets or wires.
Orthodontic treatment with Invisalign involves wearing each set of aligners for about two weeks, then switching to the next set of aligners in your series.
Invisalign's custom aligners are clear, making them a discreet option for straightening your teeth. Others may not even notice you're wearing them.
No significant changes to your diet or to your at-home oral care routines are required with Invisalign, because the clear custom aligners are removable. Just take them out to eat, drink, brush and floss.
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal orthodontic braces consist of small metal components that your orthodontist adjusts throughout your treatment in order to guide your teeth into their desired positions.
Brackets, wires and elastic bands are the three primary parts that make up the braces. These parts work together to apply calibrated forces to your teeth, gradually moving the teeth over time.
Traditional metal braces are an effective orthodontic treatment option for either simple or complex misalignment and malocclusion issues.
Thanks to recent improvements to their design, metal braces are now far less obtrusive and much more comfortable than they once were.