Do I need braces or Invisalign?

You’ve decided to take the plunge and get your teeth straightened. But which orthodontic treatment is right for you? Which one will get you the straight teeth you want, and; match your lifestyle? Your budget?

Orthodontic options from South Yarra Orthodontics include:

Each option has its pros and cons. Each option can successfully straighten your teeth. But which one will best suit your needs?

Braces or Invisalign? 3 things to consider when getting the right treatment for you

To get the right treatment for you, there are only 3 things to consider:

  • Your oral health
  • Your aesthetic preferences
  • Your budget

1. The role of your oral health in your orthodontic choice

Your oral health is the first consideration because it determines which treatment you are suitable for. And while Invisalign has made great strides in what it can treat, it still cannot do everything conventional braces can.

At your initial consultation, x-rays and radiographs will be taken to ascertain which treatment is most suitable for your orthodontic needs.

Invisalign is ideal if your needs are cosmetic, minor or mild

Invisalign is a great option for pretty much any orthodontic case but complex ones. The clear, removable aligners gradually shift your teeth back into alignment over 12 to 24 months.

This treatment is favoured by teens and adults who prefer a discreet, lifestyle-friendly orthodontic option.

Because Invisalign is removable, you can brush and floss your teeth as normal. Which is great because you won’t need to buy any special appliances to help maintain good oral hygiene.

Braces are ideal for all your orthodontic needs

Conventional, ceramic or lingual braces are great for cosmetic, minor, mild and complex orthodontic needs. Because each of these treatments involve brackets and wires bonded to your teeth, they are able to exert more pressure than Invisalign.

While this may sound uncomfortable, it means there really isn’t an orthodontic case one of these options can’t handle.

Treatment time with braces can be from 12 to 36 months depending on your orthodontic requirements.

With braces of any kind, you must visit your dentist for regular check-ups. This is to help maintain the health of the teeth while the brackets are bonded to them. Your orthodontist will advise you on the best way to take care of your teeth while you wear your braces.

2. The role of your aesthetic preference in your orthodontic choice

If you want an orthodontic option that doesn’t draw attention to itself there are 3 choices.

  1. Ceramic braces
  2. Lingual braces
  3. Invisalign

Which treatment is the most discreet?

Lingual braces and Invisalign are the most discreet teeth straightening options.

Invisalign’s difficult to detect on your teeth

Invisalign uses clear aligners which are very hard to notice. So, unless someone’s staring at your teeth, or you’ve told them you’re wearing Invisalign, they probably won’t notice.

Lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth

Lingual braces can be just as effective as conventional metal braces, and in fact use the same technology. Importantly, lingual braces are bonded to the back of your teeth, so no one will see you’re undergoing treatment.

3. The role of your budget in your orthodontic choice

Getting your teeth straightened can take between 12 and 36 months. During that time there are regular appointments with your orthodontist and dentist.

The end result is worth the time and money spent. But we’d be remiss to not point out that your budget certainly plays a role in the decision making.

Which is the most affordable option?

The most affordable treatment is—and always has been—conventional metal braces. No matter what your orthodontic needs are, you can be pretty sure metal braces will be able to help solve the problem.

Lingual braces vs Invisalign cost

Due to the nature of these treatments; they can often be similar in price (in the ballpark of $3,000-$8,000). It’s hard to give an exact cost without a consultation to see what exactly your orthodontic needs are. Because treatment time does play a factor in cost as well as any additional treatments to achieve the best results.

Which one you choose really can come down to your suitability.

Do you need braces or Invisalign?

Not fussed whether people can see that you’re taking care of your smile? Conventional metal braces are the most affordable orthodontic treatment on the market.

Want a quality orthodontic treatment but don’t want people to see you’re undergoing treatment?

Then you need lingual braces or Invisalign.

Get the right orthodontic treatment for your needs

The right treatment for you depends on your oral health, your aesthetic preferences and your budget. The best way to find out what will work for you is to book a consultation with Dr Sudjalim.

She will assess your oral health and discuss your desired outcome to come up with a treatment plan to suit all your orthodontics needs.

To find out more about braces or Invisalign, or to request a consultation, please contact us today.

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