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Which Is Better? Invisalign Or Braces?

Today, patients who need their teeth straightened or who have bite issues have the choice between Invisalign and braces. 

Invisalign, as its name suggests, is almost imperceptible when worn. Made of medical-grade plastic for enhanced comfort, Invisalign has become increasingly popular for patients looking to fix their teeth while retaining a radiant smile. However, every orthodontist still offers traditional braces as an alternative—and for good reason. Certain dental problems can only be handled by the tough wires and brackets found in braces. 

Dr. Korol Dental in southwest Calgary offers both Invisalign and braces. Call 403-245-9099 or fill in the online contact form to schedule a dental exam and learn which dentistry solution is best suited for you. 

Fixing Dental Problems Has Never Been Easier With Invisalign 

Invisalign are not braces. These transparent plastic aligners are specially crafted for you based on a 3D scan of your mouth. These aligners then incrementally move the teeth in your mouth until they have reached their correct position. 

Invisalign aligners possess multiple benefits over braces:

  • Helps you smile with confidence​: By far its biggest selling point, Invisalign clear aligners are nearly invisible which means you can go to school or work and never feel self-conscious about your smile. Many patients have chosen Invisalign over braces purely for its aesthetic advantage. 
  • Makes eating and brushing easy: You can take out your aligners when you are eating or brushing your teeth. You cannot do that with braces. Food particles often get stuck in braces and are difficult to remove as the apparatus obstructs brushing and flossing. 
  • Are comfortable to wear: Thanks to their plastic build, Invisalign does not hurt the inside of your mouth. Conversely, Wearing braces for prolonged periods can lead to blisters and sores. In the event your mouth gets hit, the metal wires in your mouth can cause abrasions. 

In terms of appearance, convenience, and comfort, Invisalign is the superior choice over traditional braces. These can be game-changing advantages, which is why Invisalign continues to be a popular alternative to braces with a 96% patient satisfaction rate. 

Braces: For Tough Jobs Invisalign Can’t Handle 

While Invisalign can straighten most sets of teeth and fix the majority of overbites, underbites, and crossbites, it is unsuitable for more severe cases. Simply put, the non-removable nature of these tough metal wires are more effective at repositioning your teeth. 

Because of their strength, you can also expect faster treatment with braces. If you want to complete your treatment as quickly as possible, traditional braces could be the solution for you. 

When weighing your dental treatments with your orthodontist, make sure to ask them if opting for braces will yield better results over Invisalign. Going for looks and comfort may not be worth it if your teeth remain crooked because your specific case requires a sturdier treatment. 

Invisalign, But Braces Have Their Place 

Generally, Invisalign does the same job as braces but without the complications that come with the latter. Unlike braces, Invisalign does not obstruct your smile, can be removed while eating and brushing, and is gentle on your mouth. 

Patients with severe dental misalignment, however, have no choice but to go with braces. In these cases, the malleable, plastic build of Invisalign is simply not strong enough to match the performance of metal wires and brackets. 

Thankfully, our orthodontists at our southwest Calgary clinic are happy to help you decide between Invisalign and braces. Schedule a dental exam today by calling 403-245-9099 or fill out our online contact form


Which option is more expensive?
Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. Ask your insurance provider if it covers Invisalign treatment. .

How long should I wear my Invisalign aligners per day?
You should wear your Invisalign aligners at least 22 hours per day. 

Do I need regular checkups during my Invisalign treatment?
Yes. You will receive a new set of aligners every 2 weeks so that they continue to fit snugly on your teeth. 


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