Braces vs. Invisalign: What Should I Get?

Our Vancouver orthodontist specializes in your smile. Our new patients often inquire about what their best options are for straighter teeth. While we don’t promote a certain product, our goal is to educate you on the best practices so that you are able to make an informed decision about the best solution. We will assess your oral health and review your goals before we begin the treatment that works best for you. 

How Are They Different? 

Metal and ceramic braces use wires and brackets to move your teeth gently into their desired position. Invisalign is one brand of customized trays that do the same thing for your smile. If your teeth are very misaligned, braces Vancouver may be the better fit. Your teeth will continue to move forever, so don’t be alarmed if your straight smile as a teenager changes over time. If your teeth have moved slightly, Invisalign may be your best bet. 

How Are They Similar? 

In the way that your orthodontist Vancouver will add brackets to your teeth for braces, we may add a small button-like piece to the front surface of a few teeth for your Invisalign trays. These small apparatuses are nearly invisible, but are helpful in pulling your teeth into the direction needed for your perfect smile. Both braces and Invisalign require the same attention to your oral hygiene. Brush regularly and floss daily. Flossing with traditional floss may be easier with Invisalign, since you can remove the trays for up to two hours daily to eat, brush, and floss. 

The Path to Your Perfect Smile 

Follow your treatment plan laid out by our Vancouver orthodontist to get the best results. Whether you opt for Invisalign or braces, it’s best to follow our recommendations for nutrition, care, and hygiene. Each style has a different set of rules so they can work effectively and be managed easily. Certain foods that will harm your brackets or wires should be avoided. After receiving a new Invisalign tray or a tightening of your braces, you may want to eat softer foods. 

We have years of experience and a wealth of information at our fingertips to put you on the path for your perfect smile. We’ll go over all aspects of your braces or Invisalign treatment with you so you’re prepared to take care of them. If you’re still not sure if Invisalign or braces are a better fit for your goals, call us today! A quick consultation is all we need to lay out the options for you to decide. Check out our Facebook page for more information about oral health and orthodontic work or request an appointment today!