Sunshine Dental
2525 36 St NE #117 Calgary AB T1Y 5T4 (403) 293-7545
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Calgary, AB

587-317-5881
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Invisalign vs. Braces: Which is Right for You?

woman smiling holding an Invisalign aligner in one hand and a model of teeth with braces on them in the other

Do You Need Orthodontics?

An improper bite and crooked teeth may make you feel insecure about your smile or may make eating and chewing difficult. Additionally, an improper bite can cause your teeth to wear down unevenly or lead to muscle tension and pain.

Teeth that are protruding may chip and break, causing pain in the mouth and jaw, and crowded teeth are more difficult to clean, which may cause cavities.

A smile full of straight teeth may help boost self-esteem, but it can also promote good oral health.  Orthodontic treatment can move teeth at any age, so it is important to have your dentist examine your teeth regularly to make recommendations based on your situation.

Improper Bites

The way your top and bottom teeth come together is considered your “bite.” If they do not fit together correctly, you can experience difficulty eating, chewing, and speaking, depending on the severity.

Different types of non-ideal bites include:

  • Overbite – the upper front teeth protrude
  • Deep bite – the upper teeth cover the lower teeth too much
  • Underbite – the lower front teeth protrude
  • Open bite – the back teeth are together, but the upper and lower front teeth do not touch
  • Gapped – the teeth are far apart from each other creating space between teeth
  • Crossbite – the upper and lower teeth do not line up with each other
  • Crowded bite – the teeth are too close together and overlap

Fixing such mal-alignment  can improve your smile and your overall health.  Consult your dentist  if you have concerns. 

What is Invisalign?

woman smiling holding Invisalign aligner about to put them in her mouth

Invisalign is a less-invasive removable option to straighten your teeth. They are, at times, a favourable alternative to traditional braces as they use clear plastic aligners to move teeth into place. 

Pros of Invisalign

Generally, Invisalign is nearly undetectable when being worn as the clear aligners fit over the teeth and use pressure to guide teeth into place. Invisalign is a good option for individuals with minimal work needed on their teeth. The removable design allows patients to keep their regular oral hygiene routine.

Invisalign is also generally more cost-efficient and worn for less time, which is ideal for most lifestyles.

Cons of Invisalign

Invisalign can help many different types of smiles, but they may not be the best option for all.

Due to Invisalign being removable, wearers must have a certain degree of self-discipline to ensure they are wearing them consistently. Wearers must remove the aligners for eating and drinking, so there is a significant temptation to leave them out for extended amounts of time.

If teeth need to move vertically or rotate, Invisalign may not be as effective. Additionally, significant bite issues with back teeth cannot always be treated efficiently with Invisalign aligners. 

All About Braces

woman smiling with an open mouth showing her traditional braces with clear brackets

Braces have been the traditional form of orthodontic treatment used to move teeth into alignment for many years. Brackets and wires are attached to the teeth using dental cement and then tightened, applying gentle pressure the teeth to guide them into place. 

Pros of Braces

Braces are permanent appliances that are worn on the teeth for a predetermined amount of time. They require periodic appointments to tighten the wires to ensure teeth are moving correctly.

Braces are suitable for most extreme cases that require additional appliances and bite alignment. The metal wires and brackets are strong enough to rotate teeth or move teeth vertically into place. Generally, traditional braces are considered more effective for complex orthodontic treatment plans.

Newer styles of braces are smaller and less noticeable on the teeth, with the option to have clear brackets or add coloured elastics for a more “fun” look.

Cons of Braces

The downside of traditional braces is that they may require extra steps when brushing and flossing teeth to avoid food particles and bacteria getting stuck between the teeth. 

Braces are not ideal for wearers that play high-contact sports regularly as trauma sustained to the teeth can cause significant damage to the mouth and jaw.Orthodontic treatment can be beneficial for most smiles that require teeth realignment. If you’d like to explore your options, please book an appointment with your dentist for a professional opinion.

Finding Us Is Easy

Located in Sunridge Mall, NE Calgary

Visit us in the Lower Level of Sunridge Mall in NE Calgary. We are next door to Old Navy and the West Mall Entrance, with direct outside access from the parking lot. We offer direct insurance billing. We handle all the paperwork, so you don’t have to!

Open evenings and weekends for your convenience.

Address

#117 2525 36 Street NE
Calgary , T1Y5T4

Contact Information

Phone: 587-317-5881
Email: sunshinedental@shaw.ca

Hours

Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

Our Location

Visit us in the Lower Level of Sunridge Mall in NE Calgary. We are next door to Old Navy and the West Mall Entrance, with direct outside access from the parking lot. We offer direct insurance billing. We handle all the paperwork, so you don’t have to!

Open evenings and weekends for your convenience.

Located in Sunridge Mall, NE Calgary

#117 2525 36 Street NE
Calgary , T1Y5T4

Contact Information

Phone: 587-317-5881
Email: sunshinedental@shaw.ca
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
Closed

The Process is Simple

Request an
Appointment

Call or come see us. We’ll schedule you in for a time that works for you.

Get Your
Consultation

One of our general dentists will take a look and evaluate your oral health.

Request
Your Treatment

We'll work with you to schedule the next steps to get you on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Enjoy
Direct Billing

Leave all the paperwork to us. We deal with all insurance companies so you don't have to. We also direct bill and take insurance assignment.

The Process is Simple

Request an
Appointment

Call or come see us. We’ll schedule you in for a time that works for you.

Get Your
Consultation

One of our general dentists will take a look and evaluate your oral health.

Request
Your Treatment

We'll work with you to schedule the next steps to get you on your way to a healthy and beautiful smile.

Enjoy
Direct Billing

Leave all the paperwork to us. We deal with all insurance companies so you don't have to. We also direct bill and take insurance assignment.

Request an Appointment

Submit a form to request an appointment, someone will be in contact within 24 hours to book.