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Hi W, I’m glad you found it helpful!
Ultimately, it depends on your teeth and the complexity of moving it – your dentist will then advise you on which method (Invisalign or braces) he thinks is the most appropriate for achieving your desired results.
As to why I chose Invisalign personally, probably because I was vain and just fancied “invisible braces”! Another consideration of mine was that braces are fixed in the mouth, and therefore prone to trapping food and difficult to keep clean.
My advise would be to seek several opinions from dentists (I think in Singapore, dentists are generally super friendly and happy to provide free advise, as long as you have a genuine intent for treatment), including at least one from a dentist who is very experienced with both braces and Invisalign. This will help you choose the option that’s best for you.
You are absolutely right. In the past, people including patients and dentists have found braces to be better and faster at correcting crooked teeth. We now know this is not true in all instances. This is because:
- Invisalign system has had so many updates and innovations that it is now able to move teeth in a more predictable manner
- In fact, some cases may be treated more quickly using Invisalign
- We have found less decalcification (permanent scarring) and gum problems after using Invisalign
- Invisalign may take less visits to the orthodontic clinic for adjustments in comparison to conventional braces
Bearing that in mind, not all cases are suitable for Invisalign treatment and sometimes it is best to use fixed braces. For me personally, I will assess each case on its own and offer my patients the options. If I feel that fixed braces will gain better results in a shorter time, I will advice my patient accordingly.
Hope this helps. Good luck!