Thursday, September 7, 2017

Braces or Invisalign?

A Message from Dr. Gray...
I am often asked what are the advantages of braces and that of Invisalign. Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that are changed every two weeks, resulting in the movement of your teeth over time. Invisalign aligners are removable which makes it easier to brush and floss your teeth. Therefore there is no risk of your teeth discoloring, plus you can obviously take them out when you eat so there are no dietary restrictions. The biggest advantage is that they are clear and almost undetectable visually. Some tooth movements are easier with Invisalign due to their design.
Braces have changed in that there are clear brackets now which are a lot less obvious than the traditional metal. Since the braces are bonded to your teeth, the braces are continually applying forces and moving your teeth. Almost all movements of the teeth can be achieved with braces since there is more control. Braces are very good at creating a broader arch which is usually what is required. Both treatment options have their advantages and each work well in certain cases, depending on the movements required.

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Until next month, keep smiling
Dr. Ian Gray and Staff

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