How can Braces and Invisalign help?

Braces and Invisalign not only help your smile aesthetically, they have many other benefits! Beyond helping you achieve the perfect smile, they can:
 

  • Correct misalignment causing pain, like chronic headaches

  • Correct unsightly spacing or gapped teeth

  • Correct overcrowded teeth

  • Correct front teeth protrusion where your front teeth do not mate correctly since the upper teeth extends too far or the lower teeth do not extend far enough

  • Correct bad bites such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, open bite or crowded teeth

  • Reprogram the muscles that are involved in teeth grinding

  • Prevent further oral health problems by correcting an abnormal bite. Some such oral health problems include: tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, affected speech or chewing, abnormal wear to tooth enamel and jaw problems

  • Provide generally straight teeth if only minor fixes are needed to improve your smile

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Braces vs Invisalign in Epping

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Optimum Dental

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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

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Get Braces or Invisalign in Epping with us!

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 with you.

 

We're only a 2 minute walk from Epping train station and there are plenty of buses available with a bus stop just 30 seconds away. Call us now or use our online booking system to make an appointment!

What is 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.

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • 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.

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Braces vs Invisalign

Both options have their pros and cons and in certain situations, 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 option would be best for you.

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. Although traditional braces are more visible, they can be more effective with more severe misalignments. Braces also don’t need to be adjusted as often and are preferred for more complicated misalignment of teeth that cannot be treated effectively by Invisalign. Depending on your individual circumstance, treatment times can be shorter with traditional braces than Invisalign.

Invisalign on average requires a shorter treatment time than braces and may involve less frequent visits for adjustments. They can treat a huge range of straightening requirements, ranging from very minor tooth movements to much more complex cases. Invisalign is also quick and efficient solution that can help to reposition teeth after a relapse from fixed/traditional orthodontics, and/or for those with mild to moderate crowding/spacing or bite issues.

Invisalign is a great option for adults and seniors, utilising a removable clear aligner that is almost invisible, and, in some cases, may provide faster results than traditional braces. Invisalign patients find that their orthodontic appliances are more comfortable to wear than any other type of braces. The smooth, thin alignment tray is custom designed and does not have any rough or sharp areas that can irritate your lips, cheeks or other parts of your mouth. Less care is required when brushing or flossing as the aligners are removable. More adults choose Invisalign than any other type of orthodontic treatment because Invisalign clear braces can straighten your teeth without the appearance of braces. In fact, most people won’t even know that you’re wearing an Invisalign tray, because they are so clear and fit your teeth perfectly.