Traditional Braces

There are different ways of straightening your teeth, depending on your individual dental needs, as well as your personal preferences. You can have traditional fixed braces for complicated orthodontic issues or you can have Invisalign Sydney for mild and moderate orthodontic issues. Invisalign Sydney was first introduced in 1999 and has already been used by more than 14 million patients across the world. Both types of braces are suitable for patients of all ages. Traditional braces are most commonly seen in teenagers whilst Invisalign Sydney seems to be more popular amongst the adult population. Invisalign Sydney is an excellent choice for patients who avoided straightening their teeth when they were younger, because they were afraid of traditional braces, and they are also a great choice for patients who have already straightened their teeth with traditional braces but suffered from relapse and are looking to enhance the appearance of their teeth once again.

Traditional braces and Invisalign Sydney can both help correct crooked, wonky, teeth, overlapping teeth, overcrowded teeth, minor gaps between the teeth and bite disorders, including crossbite, overbite, and underbite. If you are reluctant to have traditional braces, but you have complex orthodontic issues, then you may wish to consider a combined treatment plan of both. This will mean that you begin the process of straightening your teeth using traditional braces and then you complete the procedure or continue with the procedure using Invisalign Sydney.

Advantages and disadvantages of traditional braces and Invisalign

There are advantages and disadvantages of each as with all types of treatments and procedures.

Both types of braces take a similar amount of time to straighten your teeth. Traditional braces have been used for over 100 years to straighten severely crooked and wonky teeth, and they are excellent at what they do. Invisalign is a much newer method of teeth straightening; however, it is also very effective at correcting misalignment issues of the teeth that are less complex and more cosmetic. With Invisalign you should notice movement after approximately three months and within six to twelve months you should be able to resolve aesthetic issues that are affecting the appearance of your teeth. For more complex cases, you may need up to 18 months.

With traditional braces, the average treatment time is between six months and two years however, it is important to remember that this is because they are more commonly used for complex orthodontic issues. Your dentist will be able to give you an accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take based on their experience of treating patients with similar orthodontic issues.

A key difference between the two types of treatments is that traditional braces are fixed to the front surface of your teeth whereas Invisalign is a removable form of braces that can be taken out of your mouth and replaced as necessary. Both have their advantages and disadvantages as mentioned. As traditional braces are fixed in your mouth at all times they are working constantly to straighten your teeth. However they require better care and maintenance. You need to be careful that you do not damage your braces and you need to learn how to brush your teeth effectively without letting the braces get in the way. It is important that you visit the dentist more regularly to make sure that you do not develop cavities or gum disease. Invisalign aligners can be highly convenient because you do not have to worry about them becoming damaged. They are taken out to clean your teeth which means you can maintain excellent dental hygiene at all times. However, this also means that they are only working when they are in your mouth so you need to be careful that you wear them for the time prescribed.

Even though both types of treatments take a similar amount of time to straighten your teeth, one of the advantages of Invisalign is that you will need less appointments at the dental practice. This is because you work through the sequence of aligners in the comfort of your own home, swapping them over after every two weeks, whereas with traditional braces the components have to be tightened and this can only be done by the dentist. Appointments themselves are also shorter because the dentist will simply make sure that the process is coming along successfully. Where necessary you can have your teeth professionally cleaned and this is recommended once every six months. Your dentist will also make sure that you are happy with the progress and answer any queries that you may have.

Procedures that are surgical or invasivecarry varying degrees of risk. Consult a qualified health doctor to help you decide if a procedure is best for you.