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Are Braces or Invisalign The Right Treatment Option For You?

Feeling conscious about crooked or crowded teeth? The qualified dentists at our Calgary dental clinic offer a wide range of orthodontic treatments from traditional braces to Invisalign to help you attain a beautiful, straight smile. 

A beautiful, healthy and straight smile can have a huge impact on your life and self-esteem. The good news? There are a number of orthodontic treatments, including braces and Invisalign, that dentists use to improve the smile of their patients.

Teeth are often straightened to:

  • Give them an ideal position
  • Improve the aesthetic appeal of your smile
  • Promote proper tooth function
  • Improve oral health

At Marlborough Dental Clinic, we understand the importance of bright and beautiful teeth. We offer a wide range of cosmetic and orthodontic dental treatments - from veneers to Invisalign - to help you achieve the perfect smile.

Invisalign vs Traditional Braces

Both traditional braces and Invisalign were designed to straighten teeth while improving your smile and oral health. Braces have a well-established history of treatment and while Invisalign is a much newer method, it continues to increase in popularity worldwide.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces consist of metal brackets being attached to your teeth, tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands.

Modern orthodontics means that there are brackets available to closely resemble your enamel color, or you can get them in bright colors to make a fashion statement.


Invisalign is designed to be invisible. The clear aligner trays are made of a smooth plastic and worn over the teeth.

X-rays, pictures and impressions are used to create a 3D image of your teeth, which is then used to customize your aligners.


Benefits of Invisalign

While the right orthodontic treatment for you will depend on a number of factors, many dentists will recommend Invisalign because of the numerous benefits it presents over more traditional braces.

These include:

Fewer Visits to The Dentist

In most cases, an Invisalign treatment involves fewer visits to your local dental clinic. This is because the aligners don’t require frequent adjustments, the way traditional braces do.

Easier to Eat Certain Foods

Invisalign aligners can be removed while eating. As a result, any hard foods such as carrots, popcorn and nuts can be eaten with ease. In addition, you don’t have to worry about food becoming stuck to your Invisalign aligners, the way they do to braces.

Brushing Teeth is Easier

When wearing Invisalign, you can brush and floss your teeth like normal. Simply remove them while brushing/flossing and then put them back in. Also, these retainers don’t have all the rough edges into which food can become stuck and difficult to remove.


One of the biggest advantages of the Invisalign system is that the retainers are made so that they are barely visible. In fact, most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. This is quite a contrast from metal braces which are very obvious whenever you open your mouth.

When Are Traditional Braces the Better Option?

While the benefits of the Invisalign system are obvious, there are certain reasons why your dentist may recommend traditional braces instead.

Braces are for complex oral issues

Unlike an Invisalign treatment, which is very useful for aesthetic purposes and simple dental issues, traditional braces work more efficiently to fix complex tooth issues. These include:

  • Closing any gaps in teeth
  • Correcting crooked/crowded teeth
  • Fixing an abnormal bite
  • Aligning teeth for a more attractive and healthy smile
We can help you decide!

Deciding between traditional braces and Invisalign is not an easy choice. That’s why it’s important to work with an experienced oral health care professional.

The friendly and professional dentists at our Calgary dental clinic have had years of working with both braces and Invisalign and are dedicated to finding the most effective solution to perfect your smile and teeth.

Want to know which treatment is right for you?

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To find out more about the costs and benefits of our wide range of cosmetic and orthodontic treatments, contact our Calgary dental clinic today at 403-248-2066 or fill in our online contact form.

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