How can Braces and Invisalign help?

Beyond helping you achieve the perfect smile, braces and invisalign can be used to treat irregular bites (malocclusions). These include:

  • Underbite/overbite: This is when one of the jaws extends too far over the other

  • Crossbite: The upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth

  • Crowding: The teeth do not have enough room to erupt

  • Spacing: There is too much room between teeth

  • Front teeth protrusion: The front teeth do not mate correctly as the upper teeth extend too far or the lower teeth do not extend far enough

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Braces and Invisalign


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What are braces and Invisalign?

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening your teeth and correcting misalignments. You are likely to be familiar with braces and clear aligners such as Invisalign. Both are tools used to help achieve these goals. 

Both have their pro's and con's and in certain situations, meaning one may be the better option than the other. for your specific circumstances. Your dentist will be able to assess your oral health and discuss which would be the best option for you.

What are braces?

Traditional braces are typically made of metal and are fitted to the front-facing side of your teeth. Lingual braces are also available, which are similar to normal braces with the distinction of them being fitted to the backside of your teeth, making them significantly less visible.


  • Braces are suitable for all orthodontic treatments, regardless of the misalignment and complexity of the case.

  • Braces are fitted to your teeth and do not need to be removed when drinking or eating. This means no lost aligners and consistent results.

  • Advancements in braces, with ceramic braces and clear braces being less noticeable, and lingual braces being virtually invisible, make them a reliable option that is more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Treatment times can be shorter.


  • As they're more visible which some people do not like.

  • Extra care is needed when brushing and flossing.

  • More regular consultations with the dentist.

Are you considering Braces or Invisalign?

Let us help you with your orthodontic treatment at our Epping Dental Clinic. Come in for an assessment and we'll discuss all your options.


We're only a few minutes from the train station and there are plenty of buses available. Call us now or use our online booking system to make an appointment!

What about Invisalign?

Invisalign is an alternative to traditional braces and are made of clear plastic. 3D scanning technology is used to map out your mouth and aligners are made to gradually shift and correct your teeth.


  • Invisalign is virtually invisible.

  • They can be removed, making it easier to eat, drink and brush your teeth.

  • Fewer consultations with your dentist.

  • Even though most people adjust to having traditional braces quickly, Invisalign clear aligners are more comfortable from the get-go.


  • Not suitable for all orthodontic treatments (your dentist will advise you if this is the case)

  • They must be removed when eating or drinking anything other than water. This means they are more susceptible to being lost or damaged.

  • You must wear them for at least 20 hours per day.

  • You must brush your teeth and floss before refitting them after eating.