If you are interested in improving your smile and want to straighten your teeth, you can consider traditional braces or Invisalign, which will provide you with results. Understanding the differences will allow you to select the treatment that is best for you.

Traditional Braces Vs Invisalign

The following guide will highlight these details to help you make an informed decision:


This is one of the biggest differences between the two options, as traditional braces consist of metal wires which can be seen. In contrast, Invisalign trays are clear. Most adults will gravitate toward this option because of aesthetics. Traditional braces are obvious, so patients interested in orthodontic treatment but do not want the appearance of metal braces can consider Invisalign. The plastic trays are clear and fit snugly over your teeth, making them almost unnoticeable.

How They Work

The metal portion of traditional braces will be glued onto your teeth, after which metal wires will be attached, and these cannot be removed during your treatment. The clear aligner trays that are part of Invisalign treatments are removable, and you can do this easily at any time, so you won’t have to worry about breaking or damaging a wire.

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The Foods You Can and Can’t Eat

There are limitations with traditional metal braces regarding what you can eat, and sticky and crunchy foods cannot be part of your diet. These foods can get stuck in the wires or damage your braces, but with Invisalign, there are fewer limitations to what you can eat because the trays are removable.  You can remove your trays when you eat and place them back inside your mouth once you are finished your meal.

Cleaning Routine

Maintaining a proper oral hygiene routine is very important. Braces can present a few difficulties in this regard because they are not removable, so some patients will struggle to maintain their dental health during treatment. You have to be vigilant when brushing bacteria, plaque and food particles from the crevices between and around your braces. You won’t be able to floss the traditional way and need to think of another system to keep the spaces between your teeth clean, and this is not easy to do. Invisalign makes this process a lot easier because you will be able to brush and floss as you normally would and will not face any limitations.

Here at Cygnet Dental, we can help you achieve a bright, beautiful and healthy smile. We provide orthodontic treatment, teeth whitening and more. Dr. Chan will listen and work with you towards achieving the results you’re after, so if you are in Grande Prairie, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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