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Kelowna Dentist Gives Breakdown on Braces—From Fixed Metal to Invisalign


No metal. No wires. No cuts. Today, there are choices in orthodontic care. One of the most popular options—Invisalign—is almost everything traditional braces aren’t. But Invisalign isn’t for everyone; fixed braces still straighten some teeth better. Not all Kelowna dentists offer both, but at Okanagan Smiles, the choice is yours.

In addition to a thorough consultation with your dentist, this guide will help you determine which type of braces is right for you.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of custom-made aligners. Aligners are smooth, plastic trays you pop in your mouth and wear 22 hours a day. You’ll take it out when eating and drinking (except water). Over time, and by using a new set of aligners every two weeks, your teeth will gently shift into place to create a gorgeous smile.

How are traditional braces different?

Fixed braces are still considered a better treatment by some orthodontists because they use metal or ceramic brackets bonded to your teeth to shift them into the right position. Over time, with routine tightening, your teeth will straighten so you can have the smile you’ve been after.

Invisalign and conventional braces both straighten teeth and cost about the same—$5,000. So, which treatment suits you?

Invisalign might be right for you if:


  • You want your orthodontic work to be invisible. Some adults and teens have more confidence when no one can tell they’re wearing braces.
  • You have any one of a range of orthodontic cases, from overbite and underbite to gaps and crowding. Invisalign is best for minor to moderate shifting.
  • You have gum or bone problems, and you want to be able to brush and floss with your braces off as well as enjoy a more comfortable fit.
  • You want to visit the dental clinic less often for check-ups. With Invisalign, your orthodontist only needs to check your progress and fit every four to six weeks.

Traditional braces might be right for you if:


  • You need moderate to extreme movement to treat a range of orthodontic cases, from gaps and crowding to overbite and underbite. Many orthodontists prefer the predictability of traditional braces to treat patients who need more complex movements.
  • You like the reliability of your braces always being on. With traditional braces, you and your dentist don’t have to worry about how often you’re wearing them—they’re always on. Plus, you can’t lose these braces.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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