What are the relative advantages and disadvantages of conventional braces, lingual braces, ceramic braces and Invisalign, and which are the more cost effective?

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Specialist Orthodontist
Orthodontic Care
BDSc (Melb), MDS Orth (Hong Kong), MOrth RCSEdin

At Smile Solutions we offer world-class orthodontic treatment under the care of our team of specialist orthodontists. We offer a great range of different orthodontic treatment options, so that each patient can find the ideal solution for creating their ideal smile.

conventional bracesConventional braces is the term for an orthodontic appliance that is fixed to the “front” or labial surfaces of the teeth. Commonly thought of as the way school-age children and teenagers have their teeth straightened, conventional braces are actually ideal for aligning the teeth of patients at any age. Conventional braces have come a long way over the years due to advancements in alignment technology, now being smaller and more aesthetically appealing and being available in ceramic or “clear” materials as well as the traditional metal. Ceramic braces and metal braces work in exactly the same way, with patient preference and cost being considered in the choice (ceramic braces being slightly higher in price). Conventional braces, both clear and metal, require a little extra care in the form of tooth brushing and flossing. Also, while in treatment, the patient needs to be to avoid breakages by being careful not to bite into anything hard, crunchy or sticky. Although other orthodontic treatment options are available, conventional braces are still a very effective treatment option, particularly for relatively complex cases. 

Lingual braces are an excellent option for patients who want the results braces can provide but who cannot bear the thought of wearing traditional braces. The braces are fixed on the “inside”, or tongue side, of the teeth, making them undetectable when you smile. The specialised nature of this treatment and the fact that the appliances are custom-made for each individual patient do make the cost of braces of this kind higher than that of traditional braces, but the complete invisibility of the appliance makes it a very attractive option for a large number of our patients. Lingual braces may initially take some time to get used to, with speech sometimes being affected due to the position of the brackets near the tongue. However, in no time patients adapt and are speaking normally with the braces in place. As with conventional braces, some extra care is required in terms of oral hygiene practices at home and avoidance of hard, crunchy or sticky foods that may cause breakages. 

invisalign

Invisalign is a very popular treatment option because it means you can straighten your teeth without needing braces! Invisalign is a virtually undetectable way to align your teeth. The treatment involves a sequence of custom-made aligners that are worn full time. Patients work their way through their individual set of aligners under the guidance of their specialist orthodontist, and the teeth are straightened little by little with each aligner. Small tooth-coloured attachments, or tiny “bumps”, may be placed on your teeth to assist with tooth movement. Invisalign requires good patient compliance as the aligners must be worn most of the time, being removed only for eating, drinking and brushing. There is no need to avoid any kinds of food when in Invisalign treatment, and oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing can be performed in the usual way. The cost of Invisalign is comparable to the cost of braces. 

The best way to determine which orthodontic treatment option is best for you is to come in for a free consultation with one of our friendly specialist orthodontists. Our specialists have a wealth of experience between them and can assess your individual needs, working with you to create the best treatment plan for your dream smile.

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